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Dozer.A

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Dozer.A
Technical name:W32/Dozer.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  It ends processes belonging to antivirus programs, firewalls and system monitoring tools, among others. It disables the Windows Registry Editor.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Oct. 1, 2003
Detection updated on:March 16, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Dozer.A is a dangerous worm that reaches the computer in an e-mail message with an attachment called MSN_UPDT.EXE or MSN_INST.EXE.

Dozer.A ends the processes belonging to several antivirus programs, firewalls and system monitoring tools, among other applications. This leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other viruses and worms.

In addition, Dozer.A disables the Windows Registry Editor, preventing the user from handling the Windows Registry.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Dozer.A is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an e-mail message with the attached file MSN_UPDT.EXE or MSN_INST.EXE.

When the attached file is run, it displays a fake error message on screen: