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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Boface.G

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

It is designed to spread itself via the social networks Facebook and MySpace. In order to do so, it sends all the affected user's friends a message which contains a link to a supposed YouTube video, which is actually a copy of the worm.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 7, 2008
Detection updated on:Nov. 10, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Boface.G is a worm designed to spread itself via the social networks Facebook and MySpace. In order to do so, it sends the affected user's friends messager or comments which contain a link to a supposed YouTube video.

In order to view the video, the user is requiered to download a Flash Player update. However, the downloaded file is not an update but a copy of  Boface.G.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Boface.G is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.