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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

VideoPlugin

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:VideoPlugin
Technical name:Adware/VideoPlugin
Threat level:Medium
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:May 18, 2007
Detection updated on:May 22, 2008
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.

 

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

 

VideoPlugin 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.