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Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lovgate.C
Technical name:W32/Lovgate.C
Threat level:Medium
Effects:  It opens a TCP port, usually 10168.
Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Feb. 24, 2003
Detection updated on:Nov. 15, 2007
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


Lovgate.C is a worm that spreads across local networks and via e-mail.

Lovgate.C also acts as a backdoor Trojan, opening a TCP port (usually 10168). By doing this, it leaves the affected computer vulnerable to possible attacks. Lovgate.C also sends an e-mail message to the virus author containing confidential information on the affected computer: machine name, user name and IP address.

Lovgate.C creates a large number of copies of itself in the shared network drives that it manages to access. It also sends out a large number of e-mail messages to the contacts it finds in the Inbox and to the e-mail addresses it finds in a series of directories. 

Visible Symptoms 


Lovgate.C is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate that it has infected a computer.