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Auric

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Auric
Technical name:W32/Auric
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It changes the appearance of the screen, prevents the mouse form working correctly, disables certain antivirus programs, opens the Internet browser and disables the Windows Task Manager.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:May 29, 2003
Detection updated on:March 15, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:HUNGARY

Brief Description 

    

Auric is a worm whose effects are more annoying than damaging, as after it has infected a computer:

  • It makes it difficult to move the mouse, so that the user cannot place it on the toolbar.
  • It changes the color of the windows.
  • Every so often, it opens the CD-ROM tray.
  • It creates files on the Windows desktop.
  • It disables the Windows Task Manager.
  • It opens the Internet browser at the page www.ofspring.com.
  • It detects and disables certain antivirus programs.

Auric spreads rapidly via e-mail, IRC channels and P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Auric is easy to recognize, as it completely changes the appearance of the screen. It can appear as follows, for example: