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  3. W32.Gaobot.AFW


Risk Level 2: Low

April 29, 2004
February 13, 2007 12:22:18 PM
Systems Affected:

W32.Gaobot.AFW is a worm that spreads through open network shares and several Windows vulnerabilities including:

The worm also spreads through backdoors that the Beagle and Mydoom worms and the Optix family of backdoors install.

W32.Gaobot.AFW can act as a backdoor server program and attack other systems. It attempts to kill the processes of many antivirus and security programs.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version April 29, 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 3, 2008 revision 035
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 29, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 3, 2008 revision 037
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date May 1, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Kaoru Hayashi

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