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Risk Level 2: Low

April 8, 2002
February 13, 2007 11:38:41 AM
Also Known As:
W32.Aphex@mm, Bloodhound.VBS.Worm, I-Worm.Aplore [AVP], W32/Aplore-A [Sophos], W32/Aplore@MM [McAfee], Win32.Aphex [CA], WORM_APLORE.A [Trend], W32/Explorer [Panda]
Systems Affected:

W32.Aplore@mm is a mass-mailing worm that attempts to spread using email, IRC, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).

The worm sends an email that contains an attachment, Psecure20x-cgi-install.version.6.01.bin.hx.com, to all addresses that it finds in the Microsoft Outlook address book.

When connected to IRC or AIM, the worm sends a Web link to IRC channels or AIM contacts which references an .html file that was dropped on the infected computer. This file displays as a Web page, which asks the visitor to run a copy of the worm.

Definitions dated prior to April 8, 2002, may detect the Email.vbs file as Bloodhound.VBS.Worm.
  • Definitions dated prior to April 9, 2002, will detect this as W32.Aphex@mm.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version April 8, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version December 5, 2017 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 8, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version December 6, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 10, 2002
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Kaoru Hayashi

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