Published May 05, 2006 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


High |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat.
Win32/Plexus is a mass-mailing email worm that targets Microsoft Windows. The worm also spreads through Kazaa peer-to-peer network shares and to computers that have not been patched for the Windows vulnerabilities described in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS03-039 and MS04-011. Win32/Plexus opens a backdoor which allows attackers to run arbitrary code on the infected computer.

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

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You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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