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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Passtealer.M

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Passtealer.M
Technical name:Trj/Passtealer.M
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Trj/Spyforms.H
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95/3.X

First detected on:April 30, 2006
Detection updated on:Nov. 9, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Passtealer.M is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: passwords saved by certain Windows services.

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

Passtealer.M does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

Passtealer.M is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays false error messages when it is run.