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MyDoom.Q, .Mydoom.O, W32/Mydoom.Q@MM, Evaman.C, W32/MyDoom-Q, WORM_MYDOOM.O


A new UPX packed variant of MyDoom worm - Mydoom.Q, was found on August 3rd, 2004. The worm spreads like its previous variants and it also uses Yahoo People Search to search for more victims' email addresses.


Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

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    Note: If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

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    Note: You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Technical Details

The worm's file is a PE executable 21504 bytes long packed with UPX file compressor. The unpacked worm's size is about 62 kilobytes.

System Infection

After the worm's file is run, it opens Notepad application. Then the worm copies itself as WINLIBS.EXE file to Windows System directory and creates a startup key for the copied file in Windows Registry:

  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "winlibs.exe" = "%WinSysDir%\winlibs.exe"

where %WinSysDir% represents Windows System folder. As a result, the worm's file is started every time Windows starts.

Additionally the worm creates the following Registry key:

  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\winlibs]

The worm creates a mutex named 'NorthernLightMixed'.

Spreading in emails

The worm spreads in emails. Before spreading it collects email addresses from an infected computer. The worm reads Windows Address Book file, reads files in Temporary Internet Files folders and Windows System folder. Files with the following extensions are checked:

  • txt
  • dhtm
  • msg
  • htm
  • xml
  • eml
  • html
  • sht
  • shtm
  • shtml
  • jse
  • jsp
  • js
  • php
  • cfg
  • asp
  • ods
  • mmf
  • dbx
  • tbb
  • adb
  • pl
  • wab

Additionally the worm can connect to '' server and tries to search for victims' email addresses there.

The worm doesn't send itself to email addresses that contain any of the following substrings:

  • .edu
  • Bug
  • ugs
  • bug
  • upport
  • icrosoft
  • oot
  • dmin
  • ymant
  • avp
  • ecur
  • @MM
  • ebmast
  • help
  • opho
  • inpris
  • omain
  • senet
  • panda
  • 32.
  • @mm
  • msn
  • inux
  • umit
  • nfo
  • irus
  • buse
  • orton
  • cafee
  • spam
  • Spam
  • SPAM
  • ntivi
  • eport
  • user
  • inzip
  • inrar
  • rend
  • pdate
  • USER
  • ating
  • ample
  • ists
  • persk
  • ccoun
  • ompu
  • msdn
  • YOU
  • you
  • oogle
  • arsoft
  • otmail
  • sarc
  • soft
  • ware
  • .gov
  • .mil
  • cribe
  • list
  • eturn
  • omment
  • Sale
  • sale
  • gmail
  • ruslis
  • ibm
  • win
  • !

The worm spreads in emails with different subject and body texts and with different attachment names. The subject line is selected from the following variants:

  • SN: New secure mail
  • Secure delivery
  • failed transaction
  • Re: hello (Securemail)
  • Re: Extended Mail
  • Delivery Status (Secure)
  • Re: Server Reply
  • SN: Server Status

The message body can contain user name, domain name and the following text strings:

  • Automatically Secure Delivery: for
  • Mail Delivery Server System: for
  • Extended secure mail message available at:
  • Secure Mail Server Notification: for
  • New mail secure method implement: for
  • New policy requested by mail server to returned mail as a secure compiled attachment (Zip).
  • Now a new message is available as secure Zip file format. Due to new policies on clients.
  • This message is available as a secure Zip file format due to a new security policy.
  • For security measures this message has been packed as Zip format. This is a newly added security feature.
  • New policy recommends to enclose all messages as Zip format. Your message is available in this server notice.
  • You have received a message that implements secure delivery technology. Message available as a secure Zip file.
  • This message is an automatically server notice from Administration at
  • Server Notice: New security feature added. MSG:ID: 455sec86
  • from
  • New feature added for security reasons from
  • Automatically server notice:,
  • Server reply from
  • New service policy for security added from

The attachment name is selected from the following variants:

  • mail
  • message
  • attachment
  • transcript
  • text
  • document
  • file
  • readme

The attachment extension is selected from these variants:

  • .exe
  • -txt.exe
  • -htm.exe
  • -txt.scr

Also the worm can send itself inside a ZIP archive.

The worm fakes the sender's email address. It uses the following user names for the fake email address:

  • mike@
  • jennifer@
  • david@
  • linda@
  • susan@
  • nancy@
  • pamela@
  • eric@
  • kevin@
  • mary@
  • jessica@
  • patricia@
  • barbara@
  • karen@
  • sarah@
  • robert@
  • john@
  • daniel@
  • jason@
  • joe@


In the very beginning of its execution the worm creates a thread that enumerates processes and terminates the ones that have the following substrings in their names:

  • uba
  • mc
  • Mc
  • av
  • AV
  • cc
  • Sym
  • nv
  • can
  • scn
  • java
  • xp.exe
  • ecur
  • nti
  • erve
  • sss
  • iru
  • ort
  • SkyNet
  • KV