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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Cinmus

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Cinmus
Technical name:Adware/Cinmus
Threat level:Medium
Alias:AdWare.Win32.Cinmus.acc,
Type:Adware
Effects:   It downloads files from several websites. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 21, 2007
Detection updated on:June 15, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Adware refers to programs that display advertising using any means: pop-ups, banners, changes to the browser home page or search page, etc. The advertisements could be associated with the products or services offered by the creator of the program or by third-parties.

Adware can be installed in a number of ways, on some occasions without users' consent, and either with or without users' knowledge of its function.

 

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

 

Cinmus 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.TLC., Kukuku.A, Kukuku.B, Downloader.VYY.