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Darby.gen

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

It is a generic detection for future variants of worms belonging to the Darby family.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 13, 2004
Detection updated on:Oct. 13, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Darby.gen is not a specific worm, but a generic detection for future variants of the Darby family. This group of worms has the following common characteristics:

  • They search the memory for active processes belonging to antivirus programs, firewalls and system monitoring tools, among others, and ends them. This leaves the computer vulnerable to the attack of other malware.
  • They disable the tools that allow to edit the Windows Registry.
  • They spread via e-mail and through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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