Java.Awetook is a Trojan that will take advantage of flaw in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to increase its privilege on the infected computer. Once the Trojan sets the main goal, it will have an ability to download and run other malware on the compromised computer. Apart from that, PC’ affected by Java.Awetook may also suffer from wide range of troubles emerging from damaged files on the system.
Damage Level: Low
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Windows Vista/7
On initial attack of Java.Awetook, it will find if the computer’s Internet browser is using an outdated version of Java Runtime. If it is, then, the Trojan will take advantage of the present defect in order to infiltrate the system. Once it is inside and all adjustments have made, Java.Awetook will attempt to contact a remote server and download other threats. As programmed, downloaded threats are anticipated to be installed on the infected computer.
One definite way to defy this attack by Java.Awetook is to have the most recent version of Java Runtime. It plays a role on some web browsers to view contents of certain web site. However, presence of Java is often taken advantage by malware authors to infect a computer. For this reason, some user chose to browse the web more securely without Java.
Java.Awetook spreads through a number of means commonly employs by other similar threats. There is also an instance that links from social networking site will direct victims to a Trojan download page. Spam email messages, instant messaging programs, and adult web sites are other ways to transmit Java.Awetook.