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Plage

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Plage
Technical name:W32/Plage2000
Threat level:Low
Alias:Plage2000; P2000; W95/plage.worm; I-Worm.P2000; I-Worm.W95.Plage; W32.Plage.Worm; W95/plage-m; W32/P2000, I-Worm.Plage2000
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  Its main aim is to spread to other computers and infect them.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:SPAIN

Brief Description 

    

Plage is a worm that does not have any destructive effects, which displays several messages on screen and between 12:00 am and 02:00 am it displays a red and black image of Hitler.

Plage reaches computers in an e-mail message that seems to be a reply to a message sent by the user of the affected computer.

When it has infected a computer, Plage sends a copy of the virus to the senders of all the messages in the Inbox that are unread.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Plage is easy to identify, as:

  • The icon of the file  that carries out the infection looks like a self-extracting compressed  Zip file.

  • When this file is decompressed, is displays a dialog box similar to the one displayed by WinZip:

  • If the user clicks on Unzip or Run Winzip, Plage will infect the computer. If the user clicks on any other button, the worm stops carrying out its actions after displaying the following error message:
    ZIP damaged file D:\VIRUS\INETD.EXE: Bad CRC number.
    Posible cause: file transfer error.

Similarly, between 12:00 am and 02:00 am, Plage displays the image below: