1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. W32.Aimdes.A@mm


Risk Level 2: Low

February 11, 2005
February 13, 2007 12:33:20 PM
Also Known As:
Win32.Aimdes.A [Computer Assoc, IM-Worm.Win32.Aimes.a [Kaspers, W32/AimDes.worm [McAfee], W32/Aimdes-A [Sophos], WORM_AIMDES.A [Trend Micro]
Systems Affected:

W32.Aimdes.A@mm is a simple worm that propagates via AOL Instant Messenger and email.

Re-enabling registry access

If registry access has been disabled, do the following:
  1. Download the file "UnhookExec.inf" from the Symantec website at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/tool.to.reset.shellopencommand.registry.keys.html.
  2. Browse to the location to where the file was downloaded.
  3. Right click on the file and select "Install".
  4. Follow the steps in Section 5 of the removal instructions titled, "To delete the values from the registry."

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version February 11, 2005
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 8, 2016 revision 023
  • Initial Daily Certified version February 11, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 9, 2016 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 16, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Paul Mangan

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