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Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Stator
Technical name:W32/Stator
Threat level:Medium

It sends out an e-mail message containing confidential data on the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:
Detection updated on:June 16, 2009
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


Stator is a worm that only affects computers with the e-mail client TheBat! installed. In addition, Stator affects files with an EXE extension through the companion method.

Stator sends out confidential data on the affected computer via e-mail: passwords, usernames, system information, etc.

Stator reaches computers in an e-mail message with a variable subject and the attached file PHOTO.JPG.PIF.

Visible Symptoms 


Stator is very easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an attached file named PHOTO.JPG.PIF.

When the attached file is run, the following photograph of a girl is displayed: