Threat Description



Aliases: Aplore, Aphex, I-Worm.Aphex, Psec
Category: Malware
Platform: W32


Aplore is mass-mailing worm that spreads via Outlook and IRC. The main component is written in Delphi and contains the IRC spreading routines and an embedded web server.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


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Technical Details

Binary part

When the worm is executed it copies itself to the Windows System Directory as 'explorer.exe'. This copy is linked into the registry to 'HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Explorer' so it will be started when Windows starts up.

The worm has an IRC engine inside and uses it to connect to a public IRC server. It joins random channels and sends private messages to users who join the channel. It offers a web link that points to the infected machine.

The page on the URL says that the user has to download a plugin to view the content.

The page has a REFRESH tag so in one second it offers the worm file for download.

When the user chooses to run the file it starts and infects the system.

Script part

The spreading routine is in a Visual Basic file email.vbs that the worm drops once the attached file is executed. When the Outlook Application is closed by the worm, the script file is deleted.

The email messages that the worm sends look as follows:

From: infected-user-name         Subject: .         Body: .         Attachment:  


F-Secure Anti Virus detects the script component of the worm using heuristics and the rest of the worm files as I-Worm.Aphex

Description Details: Analysis: Katrin Tocheva and Gergely Erdelyi; F-Secure Corp.; April 9th, 2002


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