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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Autoit.HW

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Autoit.HW
Technical name:W32/Autoit.HW
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the computer from working properly. It disables some functions of the Start menu, such as Search, and applications such as the Task Manager. It spreads through the removable drives.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 17, 2009
Detection updated on:Dec. 15, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Autoit.HW is a worm that carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the user from working with the computer as usual.

These modifications prevents the user 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.

Autoit.HW can reach the computer attached to an email messahe. Additionally, it spreads through removable drives making copies of itself in them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Autoit.HW is easy to recognize, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer in a file that passes itself off as a Windows folder:

  • It modifies the icon of My Computer, replacing it to the following, which belongs to the Windows file Winlogon.exe:

  • After it has been run, the following message is displayed: