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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Mydoom.AE

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mydoom.AE
Technical name:W32/Mydoom.AE.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:W32/Mydoom.ap@MM, W32/Moom-AA, I-Worm.Mydoom.AE
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It prevents users from accessing websites belonging to several antivirus companies, and ends processes belonging to antivirus programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 15, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 17, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Mydoom.AE is a worm that modifies the HOSTS file, in order to prevent the user from accessing websites belonging to several antivirus companies.

Mydoom.AE ends processes belonging to several antivirus programs, which leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other malware. Mydoom.AE also ends processes belonging to certain malware threats.

Additionally, it attempts to download a file from the Internet.

Mydoom.AE spreads via e-mail, in a message with variable characteristics, and through peer-to-peer (P2P) programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Mydoom.AE is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it opens Notepad and displays a text that consists of random characters when it is run.