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ExplorezipN

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ExplorezipN
Technical name:W32/Explorezip.N
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It modifies files with DOCXLSCPPCH and ASM extensions, rendering them useless. The size of these files is truncated to 0 bytes.

Detection updated on:Jan. 8, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Explorezip.N is a worm that reaches computers in an e-mail message with the attachment ZIPPED_FILES.EXE.

Explorezip.N modifies files created with certain programs, such as Word, Excel, Power Point , among others.

In addition, Explorezip.N changes the size of files with a DOC, XLS, CPP, C, H and ASM extension. After these files have been modified, they will be 0 bytes in size.

Explorezip.N spreads rapidly via e-mail and across computer networks.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Explorezip.N is very easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen:

The content of the message is the following:
Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive. If this file is part of a ZIP format backup set, insert the last disk of the backup set and try again. Please press F1 for help.