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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Kwbot.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Kwbot.A
Technical name:W32/Kwbot.A.worm
Threat level:Low
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:March 20, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 31, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

Kwbot.Gen creates a large number of copies of itself in the directory Windows. 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.Gen, click here.

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

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