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Darker.A

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Darker.A
Technical name:W32/Darker.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Worm.P2P.Darker.d
Type:Worm
Subtype: Backdoor
Effects:  It ends processes belonging to antivirus programs and firewalls. It connects to an IRC server in order to receive control commands.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 6, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Darker.A is a worm with backdoor characteristics that spreads via e-mail, through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs and across shared network resources.

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

Darker.A also allows remote access to the affected computer, as it connects to an IRC server and waits for control commands to be carried out: download, run and delete files, obtain information and log keystrokes, among others.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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