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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyDawn

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyDawn
Technical name:Application/SpyDawn
Threat level:Medium
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 causes the slowdown of the system, preventing planned tasks from being carried out. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 16, 2007
Detection updated on:Feb. 27, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyDawn 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.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: causes system slowdowns.

 

SpyDawn 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

 

SpyDawn is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.
  • It installs icons in the System Tray.