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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Swash.A

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

It prevents the affected user from accessing websites belonging to the main antivirus companies and ends processes belonging to antivirus programs and firewalls.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 25, 2004
Detection updated on:May 3, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Swash.A is a worm that prevents the affected user from accessing websites belonging to the main antivirus companies.

Additionally, it also ends processes belonging to antivirus programs and firewalls, among others. This leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other malware.

Swash.A spreads via e-mail, in a message with variable characteristics, and through several peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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