The Lodback variants are malware commonly referred as Worms. They were discovered recently, and some users report them to infect their systems. The specifics that differ this malware from others are that it focuses mainly on flash drive data. What the worm may do is replicate malicious files that could hide the flash drive content and even though some security software detects and removes them, the procedure repeats itself if another USB flash drive is inserted.
WORM/Lodbak.Gen2 and WORM/LNK.Lodbak.Gen – How Do They Work?
Worm/Lodback is a standard worm with small impact on security. However, it has been classified as a worm, which means that it may replicate and eventually devastate a PC. Recent statistics from Avira show us number of infections per day on user PCs:
Here we see a comparison between the two variants of Lodbak worm and the steady growth of its infections, and this data was sampled after the worm was discovered. These statistics are only for one antivirus program, and the actual number of the affected systems might be much higher since it is not known with certainty how many systems had the worm before that. This is the reason it is advisable to create several layers of protection.
According to Kaspersky’s security report most of the computer worms are spread in the following way:
- Through attached files in email messages.
- By hotlink directing to an FTP Source or web pages.
- Via chat messages on messaging services (Skype, IRC, ICQ etc.).
- Using online shared files (p2p).
- In the form of network packers, by execution of a code to activate the worm.
Once on the computer, the worm may initiate scripts to replicate various files with the sole purpose of possibly taking over important System files and establishing a link from the user PC to its developer’s systems. After such procedure is done, the cyber-criminal using the worm, may infect the PC with Viruses that may corrupt some of the computer’s files. Also he may insert a Trojan horse which can provide him full control over the PC. In some cases they may deploy Ransomware that could encrypt important user files, demanding ransom from their owner.
When a worm infects several computers, they may become ‘zombie’ systems that are a part of the hacker’s controlled network. Such networks are referred to as botnets and the opportunities they may open up to the attackers vary. They may use them for financial profits, infect other systems via the zombie PC’s, or if the cyber crook decides, he may destroy all of the computers simultaneously. This means that if you are on a local network (in most cases businesses), all of the computers in the network might be wiped out of their data
WORM/Lodbak.Gen2 and WORM/LNK.Lodbak.Gen – How to Remove Fully?
In case you experience symptoms, similar to the ones illustrated above, bear in mind that there is a chance you might have these or other worms installed on your computer. If you are convinced you do, it is recommended to immediately look for professional software that will detect, remove and quarantine all of the affected files without compromising your system and also provide active protection against future threats.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter