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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lovgate.AO

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lovgate.AO
Technical name:W32/Lovgate.AO
Threat level:Low
Alias:I-Worm.LovGate.ad
Type:Virus
Effects:  

Installs a backdoor, infects EXE files, gathers information on the affected system and sends it to its author. It also ends processes.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:July 5, 2004
Detection updated on:June 7, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lovgate.AO is a virus with worm characteristics that only affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computers.

In addition, Lovgate.AO infects files with an EXE extension, by adding its code at the beginning and at the end of these files.

Lovgate.AO installs a backdoor, that listens to a random port. By doing so, it allows to gain remote control over the affected computer, in order to carry out actions that would compromise users confidentiality or impede normal work.

Moreover, Lovgate.AO gathers information on the affected system and sends it to its author.

This virus ends processes several process, if active in memory. These processes belong both to antivirus programs, and to other worms.

Lovgate.AO spreads via e-mail, across shared network resources and across network drives.

Lovgate.AO also spreads by means of the vulnerability Buffer Overrun in RPC DCOM Interface, so if you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computer, it is highly recommendable to download the corresponding security patch. Click here to download the patch.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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