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Gemel.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gemel.A
Technical name:W32/Gemel.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Gemel-A, Worm.P2P.Gemel.a, W32.HLLW.Gemel, W32/Gemel.worm.gen
Type:Trojan
Effects:  It deletes files from the infected computer and displays messages on the screen.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Jan. 27, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Gemel.A is a worm that spreads across peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. Gemel.A is easy to recognize, as it displays an image of the September 11 terrorist attack, whenever the system date reaches that value.

Gemel.A deletes the following files:

  • REGEDIT.EXE. By doing this, it prevents the Windows Registry from being edited.
  • MSCONFIG.EXE. This file can only be found in Windows XP/Me/98 computers, and it is used to configure which programs are loaded at Windows startup.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Gemel.A is easy to recognize, as the executable file icon is similar to a Windows directory icon.

Once Gemel.A has infected a computer, it activates whenever the system date is September 11, and it displays a message box with the text ¿Te acuerdas de esto?, and shows the following picture:

Then it opens the Notepad and displays the following text:

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    A UN AÑO DEL WORLD TRADE CENTER

 

Los eventos sucedidos el 11 de Septiembre de 2002

conmocionaron a todo el mundo. Era impredecible pensar

que la gran potencia mundial, fuera sorprendida con este

acto terrorista que deja en claro que no son los mas queridos.

 

Todos estamos a merced de estos terribles atentados.

A un año despues...  ¿que es lo que sigue?...

¿El World Trade Center de la ciudad de Mexico?

 

    ¿Seguro que tu puedes dormir tranquilo?

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