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Spybot.gen

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spybot.gen
Technical name:W32/Spybot.gen.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It logs keystrokes and accepts control commands, such as launching denial of service attacks against websites.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 12, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spybot.gen is not a specific worm, but a generic detection for future variants of the Spybot family. This group of worms have the following common characteristics:

  • It logs keystrokes and stores them in text files. These text files are then sent via IRC.
  • It accepts remote control commands, as launching denial of service (DoS) attacks against websites.
  • It spreads through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, such as KaZaA.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Spybot.gen is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.