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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Malam.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Malam.A
Technical name:Trj/Malam.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trojan.Win32.Genme.A
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It opens a port, thus allowing remote access to the affected computer. It changes the home page of Internet Explorer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 21, 2004
Detection updated on:Sept. 21, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Malam.A is a Trojan that opens a port, through which it allows remote access to the affected computer, in order to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality or impede the tasks performed.

Additionally, it changes the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.

In order to distribute Malam.A, an e-mail message containing a web address has been massively sent (spammed). This web address contains a PHP script, which installs a small executable file that downloads the main component of Malam.A to the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Malam.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer to:

http://microsoft.oem101.biz