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Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Autorooter
Technical name:Trj/Autorooter.A
Threat level:Low
Effects:  It uses the DCOM-RPC exploit to allow remote access to the affected computer. It opens ports.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

Detection updated on:April 27, 2009
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 


Autorooter is a Trojan that uses the DCOM-RPC exploit to take control of the affected computer, allowing a hacker to perform actions such as: reformatting the hard disk drive, modifying the hosted web pages, adding new users, etc.

The DCOM-RPC exploit only affects Windows XP/2000 Pro/NT computers, which can use the service RPC (Remote Procedure Call). Any computers using this service should be immediately protected by installing the patch supplied by Microsoft.

Click here for further information on the DCOM-RPC exploit.

Visible Symptoms 


Autorooter is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that may indicate that it has reached the computer.