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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MSNworm.EI

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSNworm.EI
Technical name:W32/MSNworm.EI.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

Its main objective is to spread via MSN Messenger and affect as many computers as possible. Additionally, it downloads the backdoor detected as IRCBot.BWB to the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:April 12, 2008
Detection updated on:April 15, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

MSNworm.EI is a worm whose main objective is to spread and affect as many computers as possible. The means it uses to spread is the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.

Additionally, it downloads the backdoor detected as IRCBot.BWB to the affected computer. The variants belonging to the IRCBot family are designed to connect to several IRC servers and receive remote control commands.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MSNworm.EI is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger, in an instant message which contains a file.

When the file is run, the following image is displayed: