Aliases: Trojan.Win32.DSS
Variants: N/A

Classification: Malware
Category: Trojan Horse

Status: Dormant
Spreading: Moderate
Geographical info: Asia, North and South America, and some parts of Europe and Australia
Removal: Easy
Platform: W32
Discovered: 24 Apr 2002
Damage: Low

Characteristics: W32.DSS.Trojan is a Trojan horse. It functions by introducing a small Web page into the compromised computer. This Web page automatically opens in a hidden Internet Explorer window. The Web page has a code that lingers for a specific period of time and when it expires, it automatically triggers another Web page. The Web page has a link to an advertising page for an adult website. This website then activates and downloads a new phone dialer onto your computer.

More details about W32.DSS.Trojan

This Trojan horse downloads DSS Trojan that works by connecting itself to the Internet, in order for it to conceal itself from the user and for it to stay resident in background. This Trojan also uses emails as a platform for it to spread. It contains an attachment named Openme.exe. This attachment contains the infection. As such, always protect your computer by denying all incoming connections and allowing only trusted services. Do not always install or turn on computer services popping up on your screen. Auto play facility in your computer should be disabled to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives.

Passwords creation is also a key in protecting files and programs from viruses. Bluetooth and mobile connection should be turned off when not in use. To manually remove the files, you need to kill system processes and to delete registry values and or .exe files. To kill the processes, you may need to go to Windows Task Manager and click “Processes”. This process will open the Windows Task Manager. Check all the list of files actively running and find all the .exe files. Right click on the file and choose “end process.” A box will appear and you need to choose yes. You may also need to disable System Restore on your Windows Operating System and restart it to Safe Mode. Upon restarting, make sure to delete infected files and restore them from backup.