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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Prex.AM

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

It drops the worm Gaobot.IUF. It spreads via MSN Messenger.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 6, 2005
Detection updated on:July 6, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Prex.AM is a worm that drops the worm Gaobot.IUF in the affected computer.

Prex.AM spreads via MSN Messenger. In order to do so, it sends messages that include a link to all the contacts in this program. Once a user clicks on that link, a self-extracting RAR file is downloaded to the computer. When the user runs that file, the computer is affected by both Prex.AM and Gaobot.IUF.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Prex.AM is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer when the user clicks a link in the following MSN Messenger message:

hmm like my friend said dont look ahaha, SICK pictures

The link points to the following URL:

http:// www.northwestva.com/ air&picture=45745.jpg