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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

WinSpyKiller

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:WinSpyKiller
Technical name:Spyware/WinSpyKiller
Threat level:Medium
Type:Spyware
Effects:   It gathers information about users' Internet habits and sends it out. It can be installed with users' consent, but sometimes it is installed without their consent. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 24, 2007
Detection updated on:May 13, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spyware programs are applications that gather information about users' Internet habits and movements. The data, when collected, is sent to the creators themselves or to third parties, either directly or after being stored on computer.

Spyware is installed on systems in numerous ways, including: Trojans installed without users' consent; web pages with certain ActiveX controls or code that exploit vulnerabilities; applications with shareware or freeware type licenses downloaded from the Internet, etc.

Spyware can be installed either with or without users' consent, and either with or without their knowledge about the data gathered and/or the use of it.

 

WinSpyKiller 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.