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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

PokerBot

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PokerBot
Technical name:Adware/PokerBot
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Trojan.Win32.VB.bde,
Type:Adware
Effects:   It displays pop-up messages when it runs, distracting users and affecting productivity. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It uses anti-monitoring techniques in order to prevent it being detected by antivirus companies. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 14, 2007
Detection updated on:Aug. 14, 2007
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.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through HTTP.

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • Its code is encrypted and it is only decrypted when it is going to run. Because of this, its code is not legible through a memory dump.

 

PokerBot 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.