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Danger level 6
Type: Worms


W32/Stup.worm is the latest PC threat to watch out. This worm tends to spread itself quite easily.

As a worm infection, W32/Stup.worm displays similar qualities found in virus malware application, complete with dangerous and destructive codes.

Worm infections, the likes of W32/Stup.worm, are highly capable of mutating and are extremely difficult to find and remove from any infected system. W32/Stup.worm is no exception – it will hide itself and may further propagate itself onto a network of systems, if given half the chance.

W32/Stup.worm will not copy itself into the file attachment to infect the emails; instead it is accompanied by a component which is able to download other malicious programs via the Internet.

Once embedded within a computer system, W32/Stup.worm will continue to send infected messages to all the email addresses harvested from the victims’ machine.

W32/Stup.worm installs itself onto a computer system, employing Rootkit tactics, this way ensuring it remains hidden from all spyware detectors (legitimate ones). W32/Stup.worm may enter into a computer via other malware applications or via pornographic websites or other dubious type sites, or via gambling related websites.

The following steps can be taken to ensure the prevention of any infections onto a computer system:

• Enable a firewall on your computer
• Get the latest computer updates for all your installed software
• Use up-to-date antivirus software
• Use caution when opening attachments and accepting file transfers
• Use caution when clicking on links to web pages
• Avoid downloading pirated software
• Protect yourself against social engineering attacks
• Use strong passwords.

The best way to ensure your computer system is not compromised by the presence of this dangerous worm application is to delete and remove W32/Stup.worm and all its components from the infected system as soon as it has been detected.

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