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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Coronex

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Coronex
Technical name:W32/Coronex
Threat level:Low
Alias:I-Worm.Coronex.A
Type:Worm
Effects:  It uses the SARS outbreak as bait. Its main aim is to spread via e-mail and P2P file sharing programs.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:April 24, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Coronex is a worm that spreads rapidly via e-mail and through the P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing applications.

Coronex is easy to recognize, as the message carrying the worm includes an attached file with one of the following names: CORONA.EXECV.EXE, DEATHS.EXE, HONGKONG.EXE, SARS.EXE, SARS2.EXE  and VIRUS.EXE. In general the content of these e-mail messages refer to the chronic pneumonia outbreak that has claimed many victims around the globe.

When infection has been carried out, the file that is originally transmitted via e-mail is copied to the affected computer under a name that is related to a famous computer game, such as: Command & Conquer, Doom, The Lord Of The Rings, The Sims, Unreal, etc.

For details of the e-mail messages used by Coronex to spread, consult the section Means of transmission.

For a list of the computer games it uses as bait, consult the section Means of infection.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Coronex is easy to identify, as it displays a window with the following message on screen when it is run: corona virus.