Gaobot.WQ is a worm with backdoor characteristics that affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computers only.
As a backdoor, Gaobot.WQ allows to obtain information on the affected computer, run and download files, upload files by FTP, etc.
In addition, it ends several processes belonging to antivirus programs as well as those processes belonging to other variants of Gaobot , such as Gaobot.PX and Blaster. This leaves the affected computer vulnerable to the attack of other viruses or worms.
Gaobot.WQ does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs the attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P ) file sharing networks, etc.