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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MacroAV

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MacroAV
Technical name:Adware/MacroAV
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:   It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 22, 2008
Detection updated on:March 22, 2008
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 converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.

 

MacroAV 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

 

MacroAV 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.