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ICQ Virus

Posted: September 24, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 113
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 47,657
First Seen: September 24, 2013
Last Seen: January 6, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The ICQ Virus is a worm that spreads by using ICQ to send messages with links to unreliable websites that host drive-by-download attacks for enabling its installation on new computers. Other than creating new infections in this manner, the ICQ Virus also may be expected to include functions for stealing passwords and other personal information from your computer and also may have other attacks that malware experts have not yet observed. Like any spamming worm, Internet education and awareness of potentially unsafe links are some of your best defenses against an ICQ Virus infection, but if your PC does become infected, removing the ICQ Virus with dedicated anti-malware utilities is a highly recommended solution.

An Old School 'Virus' that Laughs at Your Computer Security

Although the ICQ Virus is not a technically classified virus, the ICQ Virus does include major distribution features that allow the ICQ Virus to spread roughly as quickly as a real virus ever would be able to manage. After infecting any given PC, the ICQ Virus uses ICQ to send messages to the PC user's contacts with the text 'lol' and a link to a suspicious website such as jokeworld.biz. PC users who are foolish enough to load this site in an unprotected browser may be infected by the ICQ Virus in a classic drive-by-download attack that's concealed by a distracting Flash presentation. SpywareRemove.com malware experts warn that Internet Explorer users are especially at risk for this attack.

The ICQ Virus's heyday was back in 2004, but, like almost all worms, the ICQ Virus can distribute itself to new PCs rapidly and may still be in distribution, even at this date. SpywareRemove.com malware experts also consider it worth mentioning that the ICQ Virus, in its day, had a surprisingly good record at evading anti-malware programs by major brand companies. Keeping your anti-malware programs as up-to-date as possible will provide some insurance against any modern variant of the ICQ Virus avoiding detection.

Seeking an ICQ Finally Free of the ICQ Virus

Stopping the ICQ Virus and similar worms requires both the personal protection of your computer and a general strategy for reducing its chances to infect new PCs along the way. Browser security features and browser-protecting anti-malware products can be useful for blocking the drive-by-downloads that install the ICQ Virus, and, of course, SpywareRemove.com malware experts always find it wise to avoid clicking on links unless you're certain that they're safe. Keep in mind that PCs infected by the ICQ Virus usually may be at risk for sending additional ICQ Virus-laden messages to any ICQ contacts.

With respect to deleting an ICQ Virus, anti-malware products always should be used. The ICQ Virus does try to hide its major components and even may create backup copies of itself in case its primary installation is deleted. However, a competent anti-malware program should be able to remove all copies of the ICQ Virus during a basic system scan.

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to ICQ Virus may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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