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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.IPQ

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.IPQ
Technical name:W32/Lineage.IPQ.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Subtype: Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers, and has damaging effects on the affected computer.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 29, 2008
Detection updated on:May 29, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    
Lineage.IPQ is a virus that also has the characteristics of a worm.
Lineage.IPQ gets into a computer via e-mail, the Internet, floppy disks, etc, and it spreads by inserting its code in other files and programs. Its effects can range from simply annoying to destructive.
Furthermore, due to its worm characteristics, Lineage.IPQ also spreads by sending out copies of itself. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, preventing users from working with the affected computer.

 

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

  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that it is being executed in a virtual machine environment, such as VMWare or VirtualPC.

 

Lineage.IPQ 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.