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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Steph

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Steph
Technical name:W32/Steph
Threat level:Low
Alias:W23.HLLW.Affee,, Worm P2P.Steph, WROM_STEPH.A
Type:Worm
Effects:  It creates copies of itself in the affected computer.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 5, 2003
Detection updated on:June 18, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Steph is a worm whose main aim is to spread via KaZaA, which is a peer-to-peer file sharing program (P2P).

Steph creates a large number of copies of itself in a directory, which becomes the shared directory in KaZaA. In order to trick KaZaA users, these files have the names of computer games or computer applications. As a result, other users of KaZaA will download these files to their computers thinking that they are useful programs, whereas they are actually downloading a virus. When these files, these computers will also be infected.

However, Steph does not have any destructive effects in the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Steph is difficult to identify because it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate that it has infected a computer.