Category: Viruses and Spyware Protection available since:16 Mar 2004 00:00:00 (GMT)
Type: Win32 worm Last Updated:28 Mar 2013 00:12:20 (GMT)
Prevalence: No Reports

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  • W32/Protoride.worm
  • W32.Protoride.Worm

Affected Operating Systems


Recovery Instructions:

Please follow the instructions for removing worms.

Renaming the registry editor

  • Using Windows explorer, browse to the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) right-click Regedit.exe and make a copy of it.
  • Rename the copy of Regedit.exe to Regedit.com.
  • At the taskbar, click Start|Run. Type 'Regedit.com' and press Return. The registry editor opens.

You will also need to edit the following registry entry. Please read the warning about editing the registry.

Locate the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT entry:

Typically an unaltered registry entry will be set to

HKCR\exefile\shell\open\command\(default) = "%1" %*

the altered registry entry will be

HKCR\exefile\shell\open\command\(default) = <path to worm> "%1" %*

delete only the path to the worm. Do not delete anything else.

Close the registry editor.

Check your administrator passwords and review network security.

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