Win32/Potao [Threat Name] go to Threat

Win32/Potao.D [Threat Variant Name]

Category trojan
Size 125952 B
Short description

Win32/Potao.D is a trojan which tries to download other malware from the Internet.


When executed the trojan drops in folder %appdata%\Microsoft\ the following file:

  • %variable%.dll

A string with variable content is used instead of %variable% .

In order to be executed on every system start, the trojan sets the following Registry entries:

  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\­¬≠Software\­Microsoft\­Windows\­CurrentVersion\­Run]
    • "%variable%" = "rundll32.exe %appdata%\­Microsoft\­%variable% ,%variable%"

The trojan creates and runs a new thread with its own program code within the following processes:

  • explorer.exe
  • chrome.exe
  • iexplore.exe
  • Skype.exe
  • Opera.exe
  • firefox.exe
  • uTorrent.exe
  • safari.exe
Information stealing

The trojan collects the following information:

  • information about the operating system and system settings
  • CPU information
  • computer name

The trojan attempts to send gathered information to a remote machine.

Other information

The trojan acquires data and commands from a remote computer or the Internet.

The trojan contains a list of (7) IP addresses. The HTTP protocol is used in the communication.

It can execute the following operations:

  • download files from a remote computer and/or the Internet
  • run executable files

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