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Gaobot.WQ

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaobot.WQ
Technical name:W32/Gaobot.WQ.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It ends several processes related to antivirus programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 4, 2004
Detection updated on:March 14, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

Gaobot.WQ is a worm with backdoor characteristics that affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computers only.

As a backdoor, Gaobot.WQ allows to obtain information on the affected computer, run and download files, upload files by FTP, etc.

In addition, it ends several processes belonging to antivirus programs as well as those processes belonging to other variants of Gaobot , such as Gaobot.PX and Blaster. This leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other viruses or worms.

Gaobot.WQ does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs the attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P ) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Gaobot.WQ is very easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen periodically: