NetSky.AB worm was found on April 28th, 2004. This variant shares nearly 98% of its functionality with NetSky.AA.
Disinfection & Removal
Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.
For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.
Eliminating a Local Network Outbreak
If the infection is in a local network, please follow the instructions on this webpage:
The worm's file is a packed PE executable 17920 bytes long.
Installation to system
Upon execution NetSky.AB copies itself as 'csrss.exe' file to Windows folder and adds a startup key for this file into System Registry:
[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "BagleAV" = "%WinDir%\csrss.exe"
where %WinDir% represents Windows folder name.
The worm scans all hard drives from C: to Z: to harvest e-mail addresses. The worm looks for e-mail addresses in files with the following extensions:
.eml .txt .php .cfg .mbx .mdx .asp .wab .doc .vbs .rtf .uin .shtm .cgi .dhtm .adb .tbb .dbx .pl .htm .html .sht .oft .msg .ods .stm .xls .jsp .wsh .xml .mht .mmf .nch .ppt
Netsky.AB worm ignores e-mail addresses that contain any of the following strings:
icrosoft antivi ymantec spam avp f-secur itdefender orman cafee aspersky f-pro orton fbi abuse messagelabs skynet andasoftwa freeav sophos antivir iruslis
The worm composes e-mails with different subject and body texts. Here is the list of subject texts that the worm uses:
Correction Hurts Privacy Password Criminal Pictures Text Money Stolen Found Numbers Funny Only love? More samples Picture Letter Question Illegal
The worm uses one of the following text strings as body text for an infected message:
Please use the font arial! How can I help you? Still? I've your password. Take it easy! Why do you show your body? Hey, are you criminal? Your pictures are good! The text you sent to me is not so good! True love letter? Do you have no money? Do you have asked me? I've found your creditcard. Check the data! Are your numbers correct? You have no chance... Wow! Why are you so shy? Do you have more samples? Do you have more photos about you? Do you have written the letter? Does it hurt you? Please do not sent me your illegal stuff again!!!
Netsky.AB attaches its executable file to e-mails that it sends out. The attachment name is selected from the following variants:
corrected_doc.pif hurts.pif document1.pif passwords02.pif image034.pif myabuselist.pif your_picture01.pif your_text01.pif your_letter.pif your_bill.pif my_stolen_document.pif visa_data.pif pin_tel.pif your_text.pif loveletter02.pif all_pictures.pif your_letter_03.pif your_picture.pif abuses.pif