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Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Ganda.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ganda.A
Technical name:W32/Ganda.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Densux
Type:Virus
Effects:  It reaches computers in an e-mail message that can sometimes refer to the 2nd Gulf war against Iraq. It infects PE files and creates a dropper type file in infected computers.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:March 17, 2003
Detection updated on:June 7, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Ganda.A is a worm that reaches computers in an e-mail message that can sometimes refer to the 2nd Gulf war against Iraq, which includes an attached file that contains the worm's code.

Ganda.A infects PE files, by copying part of its code to them. It also creates a dropper type file in affected computers and ends processes belonging to certain antivirus and firewall programs, if they are active.

Some of the messages carrying Ganda.A use the vulnerability exploit called Exploit/Iframe to carry out infection. As a result, the computer will be infected when the user simply views the message carrying the worm through Outlook's Preview Pane.

Once it has infected a computer, Ganda.A sends itself out to all the contacts in the Window's Address Book, to the addresses it finds in files with an EMLHTM and DBX extension and to the addresses in the Internet cache.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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