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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Winantivirus

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Winantivirus
Technical name:Application/Winantivirus2006
Threat level:Low
Alias:WinAntiVirus Pro 2006,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:   It is a Potentially Unwanted Program, which can affect the users' consent, awarenes or control over the program. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Dec. 5, 2005
Detection updated on:June 16, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Winantivirus belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.

PUPs are programs that, due to their features or means of distribution, can affect users' consent, awareness or control over operations like:

  • Installation.
  • Modifications carried out on the computer.
  • Behavior of the program.
  • Processing of personal data.
  • Uninstallation.

The evaluation criteria of PUPs are based on the proposals suggested by the Anti-Spyware Coalition, organization of which Panda Security is a member.

 

Winantivirus uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Downloader.LHW, Downloader.NEX, Downloader.NEY.