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Virus Encyclopedia

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Explorer

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Explorer
Technical name:W32/Explorer
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Aplore.A-mm, Aphex
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  It creates a web server on port 8180.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 9, 2002
Detection updated on:June 5, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Explorer is a worm that not only spreads via e-mail, but can also spread to other machines through IRC chat channels.

Explorer sends a message to IRC users, through port 8180, inviting them to connect to a web page with pornographic content. This web page tricks the user into downloading the worm.

Explorer creates copies of itself and sends them out to every contact in the infected computer's Address Book.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received Explorer is an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    "."
  • Attachment:
    psecure20x-cgi-install.version6.01.bin.hx.com

An indication that Explorer has infected a computer is the following web page displayed in your Internet browser: