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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

DiskKnight

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:DiskKnight
Technical name:Application/DiskKnight
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 spreads , via mapped drives.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 13, 2007
Detection updated on:March 18, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

DiskKnight 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.

 

DiskKnight 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.