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Threat Encyclopedia

PE_VIRUT.XZ


ALIASES:

Backdoor:Win32/Poebot.BN (Microsoft); W32/Virut.gen.a (McAfee); W32.IRCBot (Symantec); Virus.Win32.Virut.ai (Kaspersky); Virus.Win32.Virut.a (v) (Sunbelt)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

OVERALL RISK RATING:
REPORTED INFECTION:

  • Threat Type:File infector

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


This file infector arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

111,104 bytes

File Type:

EXE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

20 Oct 2012

Arrival Details

This file infector arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

Installation

This file infector drops the following copies of itself into the affected system:

  • %System%\Isass.exe

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\System32 on Windows NT and 2000, or C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP and Server 2003.)

Autostart Technique

This file infector adds the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Local Security Authority Service = "%System%\Isass.exe"

Other System Modifications

This file infector deletes the following files:

  • %System%\Isass.exe
  • %System Root%\sibc.bat

(Note: %System% is the Windows system folder, which is usually C:\Windows\System on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\System32 on Windows NT and 2000, or C:\Windows\System32 on Windows XP and Server 2003.. %System Root% is the root folder, which is usually C:\. It is also where the operating system is located.)

Dropping Routine

This file infector drops the following files:

  • sibc.bat

This report is generated via an automated analysis system.

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.300

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Restart in Safe Mode

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Step 3

Delete this registry value

[ Learn More ]

Important: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can lead to irreversible system malfunction. Please do this step only if you know how or you can ask assistance from your system administrator. Else, check this Microsoft article first before modifying your computer's registry.


  • In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • Local Security Authority Service = "%System%\Isass.exe"

Step 4

Search and delete this file

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There may be some component files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the More advanced options option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • sibc.bat

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as PE_VIRUT.XZ. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.

Step 6

Restore this file from backup only Microsoft-related files will be restored. If this malware/grayware also deleted files related to programs that are not from Microsoft, please reinstall those programs on you computer again.

  • %System%\Isass.exe
  • %System Root%\sibc.bat


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