Aliases: Nuker.Win32.Pnewq.097, Nuker.Win32.IceNuker, Nuker.Genocide, Nuker.WinsKill, Nuker.Win32.AutoNuke.10
Variants: N/A

Classification: Malware
Category: Computer Worm

Status: Dormant
Spreading: Slow
Geographical info: Europe, North and South America, and some parts of Asia and Australia
Removal: Easy
Platform: W32
Discovered: 12 Jul 2002
Damage: Low

Characteristics: W32.Nuker.Winskill is a worm as well as an instrument exhausted by spiteful users who wanted to crash systems. This is done through making use of advantage of TCP and IP vulnerability. Also, this worm also contains a lot of limitations. It can only affect Windows 95 and Windows 98 Operating Systems. Reports also say that the infected file must be opened and consequently should be set up by the user in order for it to carry out its malicious activity against other computer systems.

More details about W32.Nuker.Winskill

The W32.Nuker.Winskill program typically enters the system disguised as a harmless file. Users are enticed to download it into the system. This program may be masked as screensavers, Flash presentations, e-cards or videos. They are then attached to e-mails or instant messages from unknown senders. Users also report the link to an infected server may be embedded in the messages.

This program may also be uploaded on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and download websites as popular download. It may be disguised as retail software may be used free due to unauthorized modifications. It may be spread as a movie or music file that has been ripped from commercial CDs or DVDs. Downloader applications and drive-by-downloads may also spread the application.