Once installed, worm infects and redirects Firefox and Chrome browsers to different websites after user queries specific search terms.
Spybot.AKB is the latest worm to grace Direct Connect P2P networks, this time passing itself off as a name brand .exe file extension in the “shared” folder.
Once activated it installs an extension in the Firefox and Chrome browsers in order to control the searches made by users, and then redirects them to malicious websites from which more malware can be downloaded.
It affects the “shared” folders of the following P2P programs:
Unsurprisingly the worm only affects Windows platforms, specifically 2003, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95, so Vista and Win 7 users are immune.
For more info check out the Panda security website.
As usual I recommend switching to BitTorrent or Usenet from Direct Connect-style P2P networks. Between copyright infringement investigations and malware headaches it’s just not a safe place to be anymore.