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Discovered: October 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:12:32 PM
Also Known As: IRC/Jeremy.A, Wom32/VBTrojan.gen, I-Worm.Kazus.c [Kaspersky]
Type: Worm
Systems Affected: Windows

W32.Jermy.A is a simple worm that is written in Visual Basic. It attempts to send itself to the addresses in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book; however, examples we have seen fail in this functionality due to bugs in its code. The intended email has a variable subject and an attachment named either 3DText.scr or Kernei32.exe.

This worm also attempts to connect to a predefined IRC server to await instructions from its authors.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 24, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 24, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 24, 2003

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Writeup By: John Canavan

Discovered: October 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:12:32 PM
Also Known As: IRC/Jeremy.A, Wom32/VBTrojan.gen, I-Worm.Kazus.c [Kaspersky]
Type: Worm
Systems Affected: Windows

When W32.Jermy.A is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates the files:
    • C:\Hahhahaha_SRPSKI_KOKAIN.txt, which is a plain text file.
    • C:\Script.ini, which is an IRC Trojan.

  2. Copies itself to %System%\<filename>, where <filename> is the name of the worm as executed: usually 3DText.scr.

    Note: %System% is a variable. The Trojan locates the System folder and copies itself to that location. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

  3. Adds the value:

    "3D Text" = "%system%\3DText.scr"

    to the registry key:


    so that the worm runs when you start Windows.

  4. Attempts to search the Microsoft Outlook Address Book and send itself to addresses it finds as attachment 3DText.scr or Kernei32.exe. In submissions we have recieved, this functionality fails due to buggy code.

    The messages it attempts to send will be composed from some of the following strings:

    Ej caos, sad mi drugar poslao adresu od sajta jednog
    E hitno je!!!

    Evo umirem od smeha ovde kakve sve gluposti mozes naci.
    Ako hoces idi vidi..Mislim da ima nesto i za tebe hehe!  

    Zdravo bre ti!...
    Ako imas vremena, molim te pogledaj ovaj website!
    Izgleda da nesto mute za nas...! Javi se ponekad.  

    Ej Caos ...
    Vrsljam po netu danas , i tek na sajtu jednom!
    Caos , pogledaj ovo!
    isti covek kao ti , ali potpuno , neces verovati... idi vidi. Pozdrav.

    Pozdrav!!Slusaj , dobio sam sad e-mail od nekih ljudi,
    da ti ne duzim,posto nemam sad vremena moram hitno da idem.

    Re: VAZNO !!!
    Evo ti link ,Procitaj pa se javi hitno ! CAOs..  

    E covek.
    Ana Nikolic gola?
    E ne znam dali je fotomontaza ali mnoooogo dobro izgleda
    Nemoj da delis sajt. Ajde javi se nekad. Pozdrav  

    Re: Alo!!!
    Alo! Ajde cekam te vec 10 dana..
    Idi vidi vise taj sajt i popuni to , javi mi se hitno.
    Nemoj da delis sajt. Ajde stvarno mi je hitno! Pozdrav  

    E procitaj ovo!
    Desi bre ti

  5. Changes the Internet Explorer Start and Search page settings in the registry to point to one of the following URLs:


  6. Attempts to contact remote IRC servers to receive further instructions.


Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.

Writeup By: John Canavan

Discovered: October 24, 2003
Updated: February 13, 2007 12:12:32 PM
Also Known As: IRC/Jeremy.A, Wom32/VBTrojan.gen, I-Worm.Kazus.c [Kaspersky]
Type: Worm
Systems Affected: Windows

The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

  1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
  2. Update the virus definitions.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as W32.Jermy.A.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Disabling System Restore (Windows Me/XP)
If you are running Windows Me or Windows XP, we recommend that you temporarily turn off System Restore. Windows Me/XP uses this feature, which is enabled by default, to restore the files on your computer in case they become damaged. If a virus, worm, or Trojan infects a computer, System Restore may back up the virus, worm, or Trojan on the computer.

Windows prevents outside programs, including antivirus programs, from modifying System Restore. Therefore, antivirus programs or tools cannot remove threats in the System Restore folder. As a result, System Restore has the potential of restoring an infected file on your computer, even after you have cleaned the infected files from all the other locations.

Also, a virus scan may detect a threat in the System Restore folder even though you have removed the threat.

For instructions on how to turn off System Restore, read your Windows documentation, or one of the following articles:
Note: When you are completely finished with the removal procedure and are satisfied that the threat has been removed, re-enable System Restore by following the instructions in the aforementioned documents.

For additional information, and an alternative to disabling Windows Me System Restore, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, "Antivirus Tools Cannot Clean Infected Files in the _Restore Folder ," Article ID: Q263455.

2. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

3. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with W32.Jermy.A, click Delete.

4. Deleting the value from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:


  4. In the right pane, delete the value:


  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

Writeup By: John Canavan