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Risk Level 2: Low

May 13, 2003
February 13, 2007 12:01:17 PM
Also Known As:
W32/Lovgate.j@MM [McAfee], I-Worm.LovGate.j [KAV], PE_LOVGATE.I [Trend], PE_LOVGATE.J [Trend]
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP

W32.HLLW.Lovgate.I@mm is a variant of W32.HLLW.Lovgate@mm. It is also a mass-mailing worm that attempts to email itself to all the email addresses it finds in the files whose extensions start with "ht." The subject and attachment of the incoming email are chosen from a predetermined list.

W32.HLLW.Lovgate.I@mm attempts to copy itself to all the computers on a local network, and then infect these computers. The worm also has Backdoor Trojan capabilities. By default, the Trojan component listens on port 10168.

If the infected computer runs Windows NT, 2000, or XP, the worm will attempt to disguise itself as the normal Windows process, "LSASS.EXE."

This threat is written in the C++ programming language and is compressed with ASPack.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version May 13, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 21, 2015 revision 008
  • Initial Daily Certified version May 13, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 21, 2015 revision 009
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date May 14, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Threat Assessment


  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Moderate


  • Damage Level: Medium


  • Distribution Level: High
Writeup By: Douglas Knowles

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