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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Dialer.GQV

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Dialer.GQV
Technical name:Dialer.GQV
Threat level:Medium
Type:Dialer
Effects:   It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number. It changes the security settings of Internet Explorer. It downloads files from several websites. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 9, 2006
Detection updated on:March 9, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Dialer.GQV is a dialer type malware. Dialers usually try to establish phone connections with high rate numbers, significantly increasing the phone bill of the affected user.

Dialer.GQV affects computers that use a modem to connect to the Internet, as the virus modifies the Dial-up network access settings. It changes the telephone number provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is a local-rate number, to a high-rate number.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level.

 

Dialer.GQV accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.

 

Dialer.GQV 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

Dialer.GQV is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.