1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. W32.SillyFDC


Risk Level 1: Very Low

February 27, 2007
September 22, 2014 2:39:17 PM
Systems Affected:
W32.SillyFDC is a generic detection for worms that spread by copying themselves to removable drives. Certain variants may also copy themselves to mapped drives, while others may download files or perform other malicious activities.

AutoRun is a feature of Windows that allows a drive to be configured so that a particular executable may be run whenever the drive is accessed or connected to another computer. Worms detected as W32.SillyFDC typically use the AutoRun feature to spread.

The term AutoPlay is used to refer to functionality present in Windows XP and later that includes the AutoRun feature. On insertion of media, AutoPlay may prompt the user to select an action that should be taken. Depending on system configuration, these actions may include AutoRun tasks.

Users should note that AutoRun is disabled by default for non-optical removable drives in recent versions of Windows and on systems with certain updates applied.

Symantec strongly recommends that users take steps to control the use of the AutoRun feature and prevent the execution of programs referenced in autorun.inf files. For more information, please see the following document:

How to prevent a virus from spreading using the 'AutoRun' feature.

If a Symantec antivirus product displays a detection alert for this threat, it means the computer is already protected and the Symantec product will effectively remove this threat from the computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version January 8, 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 24, 2018 revision 008
  • Initial Daily Certified version January 8, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 24, 2018 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 12, 2006
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Henry Bell

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