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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MSNWorm.GU

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

Its main aim is to spread itself via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger and affect as many computers as possible. It connects to an IRC channel and remains waiting for remote instructions.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 3, 2009
Detection updated on:Sept. 18, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MSNWorm.GU is a worm whose main aim is to spread itself via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger and affect as many computers as possible.

Additionally, it connects to an IRC channel to receive remote instructions from its creator. Among the commands it can receive, it can connect to certain websites to download updates of itself.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MSNWorm.GU is easy to recognize, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It spreads via the instant messaging program MSN Messenger in a message which contains a file, like the following:

  • It can also reach the computer in a file with the following icon:

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