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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Autorun.JOE

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

It carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, in order to disable applications such as the Task Manager and to prevent users from viewing the hidden files. It spreads through the removable drives making copies of itself in them.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 21, 2009
Detection updated on:March 22, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Autorun.JOE is a worm that carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry, which prevent the user from viewing the processes that are being run through the Task Manager, and the hidden files and the hidden files of the system.

Autorun.JOE can reach the computer attached to an email message. Additionally, it spreads through removable drives making copies of itself in them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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