By Sumo3000 in Viruses

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 7,269
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,263
First Seen: May 7, 2012
Last Seen: September 18, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The W32/Stanit Virus is designed to infect executable files in order to spread each time an executable file is launched. W32/Stanit poses a significant security risk to a computer system; fortunately, ESG security researchers have not observed many W32/Stanit infections in recent times. The most dangerous aspects of W32/Stanit are that W32/Stanit can install other malware applications on the victim's computer system and that a W32/Stanit infection does not cause the infected computer system to display many explicit symptoms. Unlike many other viruses, W32/Stanit' scope is quite limited as W32/Stanit seems that it can only infect computer systems running the Windows XP operating system. This is probably due in large part to this virus' age.

W32/Stanit – A Threat from the Past

W32/Stanit has been around for a long time. According to ESG security analysts, W32/Stanit was first detected in 2005. However, due to the popularity of the Windows XP operating system, W32/Stanit still poses a significant security risk. One of the characteristics that make W32/Stanit difficult to detect is because W32/Stanit is not enclosed in a specific file. Rather, W32/Stanit corrupts executable files by appending its code to the executable's code. Among W32/Stanit's payload is downloading other malware onto the victim's computer system. The downloaded malware varies on a case per case basis; since its creation, W32/Stanit has been used by many criminals to deliver many different kinds of malware. W32/Stanit's attempt to connect to a remote server can often be thwarted if the infected computer's operating system is properly patched due to the fact that W32/Stanit will often attempt to use the MS03-026 exploit which Microsoft has fixed in its security updates.

Effects of a W32/Stanit Infection

Despite this threat's old age, if W32/Stanit manages to deliver its payload W32/Stanit can have extremely destructive effects on a computer. Some of the issues associated with W32/Stanit include the following:

  • W32/Stanit can create a backdoor on the infected computer system. A backdoor is a hole in the computer's security that a criminal can exploit so he/she can gain illegal access to that computer system. This backdoor can be used to install other malware, control the infected computer system from a remote location or take control of the infected computer.
  • W32/Stanit has been associated with various kinds of other malware infections, including spyware, keyloggers, rogue security applications, and various other kinds of malware.
  • W32/Stanit will alter the infected computer's network and firewall settings in order to connect to a remote server without the computer user's authorization. This makes the infected computer system vulnerable to additional malware attacks.


W32/Stanit may call the following URLs:



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