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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Kwbot.R

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Kwbot.R
Technical name:W32/Kwbot.R.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:Worm.P2P.Tanked.14;W32/Kwbot.C, W32/Kwbot.worm.e
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  It opens a communications port and spreads rapidly among KaZaA and iMesh users.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 28, 2003
Detection updated on:Dec. 8, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Kwbot.C is a worm that spreads through the P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing applications: KaZaA and iMesh.

Kwbot.C creates a large number of copies of itself in the default shared directories used by KaZaA. The names of these files refer to IT applications, games, etc.  By doing this, other users will download copies of the virus to their computer, thinking that they are downloading utilities.

For a list of the files created by  Kwbot.C, click here.

Kwbot.C has a Trojan component that opens a communications port. By doing this, it leaves the infected computer vulnerable to remote attacks.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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