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Elkern.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Elkern.A
Technical name:W32/Elkern
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It searches, infects and deletes executable files in PE format.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:
Detection updated on:Sept. 19, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Elkern.A is a virus that reaches computers inside a dangerous worm called Klez. It spreads via e-mail and searches for executable files in PE format to infect and delete.

It is very easy to become infected by this virus, as it is automatically activated when the message is viewed through Outlook’s Preview Pane.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Elkern.A infects computers with a variable subject each time. For this reason it is both difficult to identify and easy to catch this strain of virus.

A computer infected by Elkern.A will have no visible signs of the virus presence.