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Aug 31, 2012

Risk Level 1: Very Low

W32.Gauss!gen1 is a heuristic detection used to detect threats associated with the following family:W32.Gauss

The threat W32.Gauss!gen1 was discovered by Symantec Security Response Threat Severity Assessment on August 31, 2012 and was classified as Worm.

Initial Daily Certified version of virus definitions for Norton security products was released on August 31, 2012 revision 018. It should be noted that users with the older versions of Norton Internet Security are limited to Daily LiveUpdate definitions. For more information, go to the page where the are described virus definitions available for Norton products.

W32.Gauss!gen1 Threat Assessment
Wild LevelLow
Number of Infections0 - 49
Number of Sites0 - 2
Geographical DistributionLow
Threat ContainmentEasy
Damage LevelMedium
Distribution LevelLow

According to the Symantec Threat Severity Assessment, overall risk of W32.Gauss!gen1 is now categorized as «Very Low» — poses little threat to users; rarely even makes headlines; no reports in the wild. Read more about Threat Severity Assessment.

This threat affect the following operating systems:
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 2000

More information about W32.Gauss!gen1, you can find on the official site of Symantec Corporation, where in addition to useful information you can find technical details and removal instructions:

It is also recommended to read the article Network security threats, where you can find a brief description and explanation of the most dangerous security threats plus a few simple tips on how to protect your personal computer from them.

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