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  3. W32.HLLW.Redist.C@mm


Risk Level 2: Low

July 10, 2003
February 13, 2007 12:03:42 PM
Also Known As:
W32/Gant.gen@MM [McAfee]
Systems Affected:

W32.HLLW.Redist.C@mm is a mass-mailing worm that uses Microsoft Outlook to send itself to all the contacts in the Outlook Address Book. The worm also attempts to spread itself through KaZaA, KaZaA Lite, KMD, LimeWire, Gnucleus, Shareaza, BearShare, Edonkey, Edonkey2000, Morpheus, Grokster, WinMX, Tesla, Overnet, XoloX, Rapigator file-sharing networks, and ICQ.

When W32.HLLW.Redist.C@mm runs, it displays a fake message, titled "Error Starting Program."

The email has the following characteristics:

Subject: Funny picture
Attachment: CartoonComedy.pif

Subject: The passwords
Attachment: PswdLst01.pif

Subject: The file
Attachment: Database<a random number>.pif

Subject: That file
Attachment: Soccer<a random number>.pif

Subject: Fire Screensaver
Attachment: FireScreen.scr

Subject: Stupid picture
Attachment: Armadillo.pif

Subject: Web design
Attachment: WebDesignSetup.exe

This threat is written in the Microsoft Visual Basic programming language and is compressed with UPX.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version July 11, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 11, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 16, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Yana Liu

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