Threat level: Category 3, Moderate (scale of 1-5)
Virus Definitions: September 19, 2003 or later (via LiveUpdate)
What is W32.Swen.A@mm and how does it affect me?
W32.Swen.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm that uses its own SMTP engine to spread itself. It attempts to spread through file-sharing networks, such as KaZaA and IRC, and attempts to de-activate antivirus and personal firewall programs running on a computer.
The worm can arrive as an email attachment. The subject, body, and From: address of the email may vary. Some examples claim to be patches for Microsoft Internet Explorer, or delivery failure notices from qmail.
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