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Lovgate.gen

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lovgate.gen
Technical name:W32/Lovgate.gen.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It opens a communication port, notifies an attacking user that the affected computer is connected to the Internet and allows to gain remote access to the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 25, 2003
Detection updated on:Jan. 3, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lovgate.gen is a generic detection for future variants of the Lovgate family. This group of worms have Trojan characteristics, and share the following common features:

  • It spreads across shared folder resources.
  • Once it is run, it opens a communication port and sends e-mail messages to certain addresses, in order to inform an attacking user that the affected machine is connected to the Internet.
  • It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer in order to perform actions that compromise the user confidentiality.
  • It accepts remote commands in order to configure itself.
  • Some variants could infect executable files.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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