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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

W32/SpyAutorun.A

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:W32/SpyAutorun.A
Technical name:W32/SpyAutorun.A
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Backdoor.Win32.VB.czb,
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It is designed to steal confidential information, by logging the keystrokes type by the users. It disables several functions of the Start menu, like Search and Run, and applications like the Task manager. It spreads through removable drives, like USB keys.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 23, 2009
Detection updated on:Oct. 23, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

W32/SpyAutorun.A is a worm designed to steal confidential information, like any type of passwords, by logging the keystrokes type by the users. The gathered information isstored in a file and is then sent to a certain email address.

Additionally, it carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry which prevents users from carrying out the following actions, among others:

  • Doing searches in a fast and straight way, as it disables the option Search from the Start menu.
  • Viewing the processes that are being run through the Task Manager.
  • Modifying the configuration of the features of the folders.

W32/SpyAutorun.A spreads through removable drives, like USB keys, making copies of itself in them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

W32/SpyAutorun.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not displays any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.