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LowZones.L

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:LowZones.L
Technical name:Trj/LowZones.L
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Downloader-PS
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It lowers the security settings for Internet Explorer, in order to download and install adware and spyware programs.

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Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Nov. 22, 2004
Detection updated on:Dec. 13, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

LowZones.L is a Trojan that affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computers only. Lowzones.L downloads and installs several adware and spyware programs to the affected computer.

In order to do so, LowZones.L lowers the security settings for the Internet Explorer zones, so that the user is not prompted whenever an ActiveX code is to be downloaded.

LowZones.L does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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