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  AVprotect.exe

Name AVprotect.exe

Description

W32.Netsky.L@mm is a mass-mailing worm that uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to the email addresses it finds when scanning hard drives and mapped drives.

Copies itself as %Windir%\AVprotect.exe.

Adds the value:
"HtProtect"="%Windir%\AVprotect.exe"
to the registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
so that the worm runs when you start Windows.

Retrieves email addresses from the files that have these extensions:
.adb .asp .cgi .dbx .dhtm .doc .eml .htm .html .jsp .msg .oft .php .pl .rtf
.sht .shtm .tbb .txt .uin .vbs .wab .wsh .xml

The email has the following characteristics:
From:

Subject: The subject is one of the following:
Re: Important
Re: Your document
Re: Your details
Re: Approved

Message: The message is one of the following:

Your file is attached.
Please read the document.
Your document is attached.
Please read the attached file.
Please see the attached file for details.

Attachment: The attachment is one of the following:
your_file_%s.pif, details_%s.pif, document_%s.pif, %s.pif
where %s is the portion of the "To" address before the "@".

Manual removal:
Navigate to the key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
and delete the value:
"HtProtect"="%Windir%\AVprotect.exe"

Automatic Removal:
Use antivirus (also check How To Remove section)Startup Optimizer to remove it from startup.


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