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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Fili.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Fili.A
Technical name:W32/Fili.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It ends processes belonging to several antivirus programs and firewalls, among others. It disables the Task Manager, and from a certain date on, it prevents EXE files from being run.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 7, 2004
Detection updated on:Oct. 7, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Fili.A is a worm that ends processes belonging to several antivirus programs and firewalls, among other security and system tools. This leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other malware.

Additionally, Fili.A constantly attempts to shut down the computer, disables the Task Manager, and from a certain date on, it prevents EXE files from being run.

Fili.A spreads through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs and via IRC. Although it is prepared to send itself via e-mail, due to some bugs it is unable to use this propagation means.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Fili.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it displays the following messages on screen on certain dates: