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Frethem.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Frethem.A
Technical name:W32/Frethem.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Win64.A,
Type:Worm
Effects:  It tries to connect to the Internet. It obtains e-mail addresses from the affected computer’s Address Book  in an attempt to spread to other computers.

Affected platforms:

Windows ME/98/95

First detected on:May 29, 2002
Detection updated on:June 11, 2008
StatisticsNo
Family:FRETHEM

Brief Description 

    

Frethem.A is a worm that reaches computers inside a file called WWW.FREEDESKTOPTHEMES.COM.

It spreads via e-mail messages with the following subject: Re: Do your Windows looks like Windows XP? I have found very nice desktop themes!.

Frethem.A is not a dangerous virus, as its main objective is to spread to other computers causing the following effects:

  • It obtains the e-mail addresses from the affected computer’s Address Book, in an attempt to spread to other computers.
  • It attempts to connect to nineteen communication companies, through the Internet.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Frethem.A is easy to recognize at first sight, as it always arrives in an e-mail message whose characteristics are typically the following:

  • Subject:

    Re: Do your Windows looks like Windows XP? I have found very nice desktop themes!

  • Message:

    Hello!
    Do you like modern design of new Windows XP?! I have found FREE and easy to use desktop themes!
    You can open attach with web site and samples! Enjoy it!!!

  • Attachment:

    WWW.FREEDESKTOPTHEMES.COM.

Although COM is the most common extension (in an attempt to pass itself off as a Website address), occasionally, the following extensions are also possible: EXE, BAT or CMD.