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Dialer.SexFiles

Dialer.SexFiles

Updated:
13 February 2007
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
information.exe,snsdiak752.exe,dating762.exe,connint1.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Dialer.SexFiles is a dialer program that can be used to access various Web sites by dialing a high-cost phone number using the modem. The sites that can be accessed are mostly pornographic.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Dialer.SexFiles.

Behavior


The most common installation method for this dialer program is through various Web sites, mainly pornographic in nature.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 03 November 2019 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 28 January 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 04 November 2019 revision 060
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 28 January 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.


When Dialer.SexFiles is executed, it displays the following End User License Agreement (EULA).





If you click Yes, Dialer.SexFiles will then attempt to dial a premium-rate phone number to access pornographic services.



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Close modem connections
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Dialer.SexFiles.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.


2. To close modem connections
This risk uses available modems to create an Internet connection, sometimes without any visible signs. In order to successfully remove this threat, ensure that all modem-based Internet connections are disconnected before proceeding. For instructions on how to do this, consult the appropriate Internet service provider, computer manufacturer, or operating system documentation.


3. Scanning for and deleting the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Dialer.SexFiles, click Delete.


    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.