- August 8, 2001
- March 19, 2010 2:39:03 PM
- Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Downloader is a detection name used by Symantec to identify malicious software programs that share the primary functionality of downloading content.
The content that is downloaded varies from one example to the next. It may comprise of, but need not be limited to, the following items:
- Configuration/command information
- Miscellaneous files
- Other threats or security risks, such as components related to pay per install operations
- Misleading Applications
- Secondary components of, or upgrades to, the existing attack
Most downloaders that are encountered will attempt to download content from the Internet rather than the local network. In order to successfully achieve its primary function a downloader must run on a computer that is inadequately protected and connected to a network. An adequately protected computer will either prevent the downloader from running in the first place or prevent unauthorized access to network resources and thereby prevent the attack from being carried out to its conclusion.
If a Symantec antivirus product displays a detection alert for this threat, it means the computer is already protected against this threat and the Symantec product will effectively remove this threat from the computer.
Antivirus Protection Dates
Initial Rapid Release version June 11, 2001
Latest Rapid Release version May 4, 2015 revision 032
Initial Daily Certified version June 11, 2001 revision 007
Latest Daily Certified version May 4, 2015 revision 018
Initial Weekly Certified release date June 13, 2001
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Wild Level: Low
Number of Infections: 0 - 49
Number of Sites: 0 - 2
Geographical Distribution: Low
Threat Containment: Easy
Damage Level: Medium
Payload: Downloads additional files
Note: On May 14, 2015, modifications will be made to the threat write-ups to streamline the content. The Threat Assessment section will no longer be published as this section is no longer relevant to today's threat landscape. The Risk Level will continue to be the main threat risk assessment indicator.
Writeup By: Hon Lau