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Autocrat.A

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

It carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the computer from working properly and uses several techniques in order to make its detection more difficult. It spreads through removable, shared and mapped drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 29, 2008
Detection updated on:May 29, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Autocrat.A is a worm that carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the user from carrying out the following actions, among others:

  • Viewing the processes that are being run through the Task Manager.
  • Accessing the Windows Registry Editor.

Additionally, it hides the files and folders with hidden attributes and the extensions of the files, in order to make its detection more difficult.

Autocrat.A spreads through removable, shared and mapped drives, making copies of itself in them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Autocrat.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as when it is run, it attempts to open the folder C:\Documents. If it is not found, Windows displays an error message which says that the folder does not exist. This folder does not exist in the computer by default.