Published Jun 20, 2005 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


High |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: W32.Spybot.Worm (Symantec) WORM_FORBOT (Trend Micro) WORM_WOOTBOT (Trend Micro) W32/Sdbot.worm (McAfee) Win32.Forbot (CA)


Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat.
Win32/Wootbot is a family of network worms that target certain versions of Microsoft Windows.
The worm spreads to writeable network shares as well as MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server application servers. It also spreads by exploiting various Windows vulnerabilities. The worm has a backdoor component that connects to an IRC server and joins a specific channel to receive commands from attackers.

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

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