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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

VirusProtect

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:VirusProtect
Technical name:Application/VirusProtect
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 uses the infected computer to take malicious actions on other users. It changes the security settings of Internet Explorer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 14, 2008
Detection updated on:Feb. 14, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

VirusProtect 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.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level.

 

VirusProtect 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.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

VirusProtect is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays false error messages when it is run.
  • It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.
  • It installs icons in the System Tray.