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Risk Level 1: Very Low

April 27, 2002
February 13, 2007 11:45:10 AM
Also Known As:
Trojan.Win32.MSN.Ikmet.c [KAV], Trojan.PSW.MSN.Faker [KAV], BackDoor-AMB [McAfee], PWS-Msnfake [McAfee], BKDR_AMB.A [Trend], Troj/Bdoor-AMB [Sophos], Troj/PWS-MSN [Sophos]
Trojan Horse
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP

MSNpws.Trojan is a Backdoor Trojan Horse that uses MSN Messenger to obtain unauthorized access to your computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version April 29, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 17, 2015 revision 005
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 29, 2002 revision 041
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 17, 2015 revision 022
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date May 1, 2002
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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: Low
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: Scott Gettis

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