Posted: March 11, 2014

VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk Description

VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk is a worm that distributes itself through peripheral hard drives, such as USB flash drives. This allows VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk to create 'backup' copies of itself, as well as compromise other computers that share their storage devices with your machine. Since VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk is built to launch and install itself automatically, malware researchers consider the best protection against VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk to be ongoing anti-malware security, which should be able to detect and block VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk before VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk may install itself.

A 'Basic' Threat that Wants to Reproduce Through Your USB Stick

VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk is a recently-identified worm based on Visual Basic Script. Because VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk was confirmed only in 2014, its distribution currently is estimated to be low throughout the globe. However, its primary functions, which help to define VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk as a worm, may allow that to change in the near future.

Like any worm, VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk creates 'copies' of itself, which may allow VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk to be distributed to new computers or to prevent itself from being completely deleted. Malware researchers have confirmed that VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk targets USB-based devices as primary locations for its copies. Other PCs that access any VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk-infected devices may be subjected to VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk's 'Autorun' routine, which will, in turn, infect these new machines.

Other functions from VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk still are being examined. However, worms like VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk tend to involve the deliberate termination of critical security features, particularly network-based ones that would block crooks from remotely controlling your computer. VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk also may install additional threats with other functions, and has no evident symptoms to alert its victims.

Closing the Tunnels that a Worm Uses to Burrow to Your Hard Drive

VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk hasn't shown evidence of including any highly-visible attacks, and may be difficult to detect without any use of appropriate anti-malware tools. You should assume that any unprotected PC that accesses a potentially VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk-infected USB device also is infected until anti-malware scans can determine any differently. VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk and other worms may be detected in multiple copies, and removing all these copies, preferable through standard anti-malware solutions, is required for a complete disinfection of your PC.

To guard against VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk being reinstalled from secondary copies of itself, malware researchers recommend that removing VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk utilize system scans that access all available hard drives. Scanning your peripheral devices alongside your built-in hard drives will offer VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk as little room for concealing itself as possible. Using other, relevant security features, such as Safe Mode, also may be necessary.

VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk is a worm that was detected extremely recently, although its basic style of attack has been seen in action for years. Updating your security software routinely always is recommended, but, in the case of new threats like VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk, may be mandatory before you're able to detect VBS/Autorun.worm.aapn!lnk at all.

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