Threat Description



Category: Malware
Type: Trojan
Platform: W32
Aliases: Seeker


This trojan uses the same vulnerability that JS/Kak and VBS/BubbleBoy to drop itself to the Windows Startup directory.


Automatic action

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

More scanning & removal options

More information on scanning or removal options is available in the documentation for your F-Secure security product on the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

Contact Support

For further assistance, F-Secure customers can request support online via the Request support or the Chat forms on our Home - Global site.

Technical Details

This trojan consists of three different parts: one HTML web page, and two hta files.

The web page is available in an adult site, and it affects Internet Explorer users. Once a user visits that page it immediately drops a file "runme.hta" in the Windows Startup directory and "removeit.hta" in the root of the "C:" drive. Next time when the system is rebooted it executes and changes the Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator startup page to It also modifies the Internet Explorer default search pages to that location. These changes are made to the registry, however, the trojan makes backup of these registry settings to two files, "backup1.reg" and "backup2.reg" in the Windows directory.

After that the trojan executes "removeit.hta", that simply deletes "runme.hta" from the Windows Startup directory. On that way the user cannot see the previosly dropped "runme.hta" file.

To protect yourself against the vulnerability that this trojan uses, you can download and install the patch provided by Microsoft:

Technical Details:Katrin Tocheva and Sami Rautiainen, F-Secure; October 2000


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