Aliases: N/A
Variants: N/A

Classification: Malware
Category: Computer Virus

Status: Active & Spreading
Spreading: Slow
Geographical info: Asia, North and South America, and some parts of Europe and Australia
Removal: Hard
Platform: W32
Discovered: 23 Apr 2001

Characteristics: The W32.Tinit application is an infector Win32 file that infects .exe and .scr files. When executing an infected file, this virus makes a file in the temporary folder of Windows, and then utilizes the file to infect .scr and .exe files on remote shares and local drives.

More details about W32.Tinit

Once the W32.Tinit was executed, it infects those files having .scr and .exe extensions. The W32.Tinit will then create a file with .tmp extension in the Temp folder of the Windows. The created file has a file name at random and it has a length of 172,032 bytes approximately. The virus will then executes functions, after it creates the file, within the file having a .tmp extension that look for and then infect the file having .exe and .scr extension. The routine of infection look also for the remote shared drives and local drive for the other files to contaminate.

According to some experts, the W32.Tinit program is considered to have a high security risk rating. It is reported to be capable of using polymorphic techniques to self-mutate, opening illicit computer network connections, disabling computer security software, modifying existing system files, and installing additional malware into the computer. This program can also allegedly collect and transmit personally identifiable information without the consent of the user. It can also severely affect the stability and performance of the user’s computer.