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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Meve

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Meve
Technical name:W32/Meve
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Colevo@MM, I-Worm.Colevo
Type:Worm
Effects:  It prevents applications from working correctly and opens ports in the computer.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Dec. 26, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Meve is a dangerous worm, as it deletes several lines from the SYSTEM.INI file, preventing certain applications (programs, drivers, etc.) from working correctly.

Meve also opens several ports, which could allow a hacker to gain remote access to the computer.

Meve spreads via e-mail in a message that always includes an attached file called HOTMAILPASS.EXE. When it has infected a computer, the worm sends itself out to all the contacts in the instant messaging program MSN Messenger.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Meve is easy to recognize, as it reaches computers in an e-mail message that always has the subject El adelanto de matrix ta gueno?

Furthermore, when it is run, it opens the Internet browser and displays an image of Evo Morales, like the following: