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Danger level 9
Type: Worms
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • System crashes
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Slow Computer


Conficker.e is the latest malware, being an updated version of the Conficker worm, this particular PC parasite has begun its rampant infecting spree, downloading and installing itself onto previously-infected PC's. This new Conficker virus is a lot like the original version of the worm, which appeared in November 2008. Conficker.e also downloads several new malicious files to the infected system, a true indication of how Conficker handlers intend to profit from their collection of infected computer systems. Conficker.e is believed to be downloading and installing Waledac, a known bot that has been on the upswing for several months. Waledac is a replica of the infamous 'Storm' Bot of 2008. Experts have recently unveiled the fact that Conficker.e tends to download and install fake security software.

For example, Conficker.e is associated with the rogue anti-spyware application, Spyware Protect 2009 which continues to inundate the user with fake pop-up messages, requiring a purchase of the full version of the 'anti-spyware' - once again just a ploy to ensure the use is duped into purchasing the fake software. This newest variant, Conficker.e restores the worm's ability to spread by exploiting the critical Windows vulnerability Microsoft patched with an emergency fix in October 2008. Experts warn of the serious implications this particular Conficker worm may have on infiltrated computer systems if present on said computer system. The best thing to do would be to remove this malware as soon as it has been detected!

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