Threat Description



Aliases: P2P-Worm:W32/P2P-Worm, Win32.worm.p2p
Category: Malware
Type: P2P-Worm
Platform: W32


A type of worm that spreads over vulnerable Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks.


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

When searching our Virus Descriptions database for a specific program (e.g., P2P-Worm:W32/Example.A), you may be directed to this page if the overview below sufficiently describes the program. Alternatively, you may be directed to this page if no description matching that specific query is currently available. You can submit a sample of the suspect file to our Response Lab for further analysis via:

About P2P-Worms

A P2P-worm is a type of worm that takes advantage of the mechanics of a peer-to-peer (P2P) network to distribute a copy of itself to unsuspecting P2P users. When a user searches the P2P network for a file and finds the deceptively named worm copy, they would download the file onto their own computer and run it, thereby infecting themselves with the worm. Once active on the new machine, the P2P-worm can continue the cycle of finding new victims to infect.


For more information, see Terminology: Peer-to-Peer (P2P).


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