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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Attention: The New Worm Spybot.AKB Infects P2P

Attention: The New Worm Spybot.AKB Infects P2P

Attention: The New Worm Spybot.AKB Infects P2P

Added: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Canada, utorrent, bitcomet, Windows, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, spybot.akb, worm
Users of Vista and Win 7 may skip this – the worm doesn’t affect those platforms. But if you run 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP or 2003, please, be alert: once activated, it infects and redirects such browsers as Chrome and Firefox to some websites using user’s search terms.


The worm is written in Visual C++ v5 and is 419,328 bytes in size.

According to a research of PandaLab, Spybot.AKB is the worm installing an extension of above mentioned browsers in the affected computer in order to monitor the searches users carry out, and redirect them to websites containing malware.

Besides, Spybot.AKB is the latest worm distributing itself through Direct Connect-style peer-to-peer networks, now passing itself off creating name brand .exe files in the user’s “shared” folders.

“Shared” folders of the following peer-to-peer programs are affected:

The details are following:
The worm propagates by distributing in email messages which seem to have an invitation to Twitter and creating copies of itself in the peer-to-peer programs’ “shared” folders presenting itself as interesting applications like “Absolute Video Converter 6.2.exe”. So the users looking for such programs can download and run the copy of the worm.

Spybot.AKB does not show any warnings or messages indicating that it has reached the computer, so it’s quite difficult to recognize. But when the worm disseminates via email, you can easily recognize it because it often looks like a message below – a false invitation:


Don’t run it at all, as even if you then choose the Uninstall or Disable option, the file remains memory resident.

Its real purpose is to redirect to the different websites to download more malware, as it activates when users do searches containing certain text strings.

Meanwhile, the worm carries out some other actions intended to drop the security level, like adding itself to Windows firewall authorized applications to bypass it, disabling error reporting service and User Access Control service. It also creates the files GOOGLEUPDATES.EXE (copy of itself) and GNOTE.EXE in the Windows system directory.

Please check if your computer is infected by scanning it using antivirus (now only Panda seems to be able to detect it, but we hope soon all the others join the team). After detecting and deleting the worm make sure to erase it from the _Restore folder as well.

The last recommendation is to switch from Direct Connect peer-to-peer networks to Usenet or BitTorrent. It seems not to be a safe place anymore with malware headaches copyright violating investigations.

February 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Comments (24) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-02-23 18:18:12)
auggiedoggie avatarthanks SaM FOR THE INFO ET ALWAYS ON TOP

posted by Site FriendET lover (2010-02-23 18:20:24)
onra666 avatarTHANKS SAM!!!

posted by (2010-02-23 18:25:48)
Stayingtrue avatarThanks for the info. Limewire people still using it wow.

posted by (2010-02-23 18:26:10)
RunsWithBulls avatarThanks Sam doesn't affect me but I know some it may. Funny didn't even know some of those p2p sites were still around.

posted by (2010-02-23 19:45:41)
Dodgerhater avatarThank You

posted by (2010-02-23 20:14:22)
knb100 avatarthx for the nfo sam, one question...u mentioned it is installing extentions to firefox and chrome, does it also affects opera and furthermore utorrent client. my pc is running fine at the mo, was wonderin if i would require ny further protection. cheerz

posted by (2010-02-23 22:09:25)
cyberartist avatarthanks

posted by (2010-02-23 22:59:29)
FACOTIME avatarthanks for the info

posted by (2010-02-23 23:12:59)
NaTaS avatarYah!! Another reason I use Utorrent

posted by (2010-02-24 02:11:55)
gazal avatarthankz for the update

posted by Blocked (2010-02-24 05:36:42)
Xclusive666 avatargreat i think i have that thx sam(:

posted by (2010-02-24 06:05:45)
msmsm avatarThanks for the heads up SAM.

posted by (2010-02-24 06:32:22)
jason9ine avatarGood read. Thanks for the ehads up. Much love. :)

posted by (2010-02-24 08:57:46)
joeamie avatarThanks buddy!

posted by Site FriendTrue Love (2010-02-24 10:15:50)
weesteffi avatarthanks sam for the info

posted by (2010-02-24 10:31:57)
trauts avatarCheers for the info sam .. cant really see why ppl use programs such as limewire I certainly dont .. never have never will ... but thanks for the heads up worth knowing :)

posted by (2010-02-24 14:39:24)
Halos_Sunspot avatarThanks for the heads up Sam! I'm a user of Limewire before but haven't used it since the start of torrent world. Guess I'll have to remove it on my PC just in case. Does it affect Flashget users too?

posted by (2010-02-24 17:52:55)
koffieboon avatarBIG THX Sam! Don`t any of programs listed, still very interesting!

posted by (2010-02-24 18:46:25)
Dirk_Diggler avatarIll keep my eye out for this 1..Thx for the info sam!

posted by (2010-02-24 19:08:51)
skunkmasta avatarthanks for the heads up sam will keep a look out

posted by (2010-02-24 22:52:28)
Aestrada avatarThanks for the info.

posted by (2010-02-25 01:04:44)
Jenai avatarThank you for the post!

posted by (2010-02-25 10:28:46)
XxGoLDxX avatarThanks SaM for the info BTW i use uttorrent the best

posted by (2010-02-26 15:56:05)
fergus avatarthanks SaM

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