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Mitglieder.DC

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mitglieder.DC
Technical name:Trj/Mitglieder.DC!CME-766
Threat level:Low
Alias:CME-766
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It attacks certain security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, belonging to several companies. It downloads a file to the computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 31, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 14, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Mitglieder.DC is a Trojan that attacks several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls belonging to different companies, if they are installed on the affected computer:

  • It stops services associated to those programs.
  • It ends processes belonging to applications that provide updates for antivirus programs.
  • It also deletes the entries in the Windows Registry that store settings for those programs.

Mitglieder.DC attempts to download a file called OSA.GIF from different web addresses. This fake GIF file is in fact an executable file belonging to the Trojan Downloader.CYB.

Mitglieder.DC 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, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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