Summary of W32/Agent.ab
|This family consists of malware that is either spyware or aggressive adware. Ranging from downloaders that can download and run executables without the user's knowledge to simple spyware components. In some cases, for example, when an unsuspecting user enters a webpage that contains code that exploits flaws in certain browsers the malware is automatically downloaded and executed. This malware might download other malware such as spyware and drop a browser helper object. It might even hijack the users machine, interrupt online searches or send out sensitive information, for example a list of the webpages that the user has visited.
- The home page address is modified.
- Internet searches are redirected to another online search engine.
- Denied access or redirected when entering certain previously available webpages, usually anti-malware/security related webpages.
- Unknown entries found in favorites.
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|Guidelines on Safe Computing|
- Make sure you always have the
version of F-Prot Antivirus
installed on your computer and
update the virus signature files
- Be extremely careful when opening e-mail from anyone you do not know. Attachments are especially dangerous. Never run an attachment unless you know exactly what it is, even if it appears to have been sent to you by someone you know. Most worms have the ability to falsify the "From" address.
- Make sure that your operating system
is up-to-date. If you are using Windows,
use Windows Automatic Updates and
download the service packs when they are
released. For more information on keeping
Windows up-to-date, please visit
Windows Update web site.
- If you are using
Internet Explorer / Outlook Express
or Office / Outlook, make
sure that you always have the latest versions. Old versions may contain
security holes that are used by virus writers to access your computer. Please visit
Windows Update web site to update Internet Explorer and Outlook Express and
Office Update web site to update Office and Outlook.
- Use a firewall. When you are browsing the Internet, the firewall creates a shield between your computer and
possible malicious content on the Internet. For more information click
- Scan all removable media (CD-ROMs, floppy disks, USB keys, external hard drives etc.) before you open or run any content on it.
- Scan all files that you receive through the IRC, MSN, ICQ, Kazaa and other such on-line services.
- Use software that detects ad-ware and spyware. For more information click