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Threat LevelModerate threat
DistributionNot widespread
Technical name:Zzz.1379
Threat level:Low
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It causes the loss of information stored on the computer, either specific files or data in general. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:


Detection updated on:Nov. 15, 1998

Brief Description 


Zzz.1379 is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.


Zzz.1379 prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Zzz.1379 redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Zzz.1379 redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.


Zzz.1379 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.


Zzz.1379 uses the following infection strategies:

  • Overwriting: it deletes the content of infected files and substitutes it with its code. Therefore, these files will be unusable and cannot be restored. When users try to open the original file, they will actually be running a copy of the virus.