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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Downloader.PGI

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Downloader.PGI
Technical name:Trj/Downloader.PGI
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It captures keystrokes. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 2, 2007
Detection updated on:July 2, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Downloader.PGI 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: keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it terminates processes belonging to security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, leaving the computer defenseless against attacks from other malware; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

Downloader.PGI redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Downloader.PGI 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.