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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ARKeylogger.A

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ARKeylogger.A
Technical name:W32/ARKeylogger.A
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Worm.Win32.AutoRun.dgl,
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It captures keystrokes. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via mapped drives, through shared network resources.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 15, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 13, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ARKeylogger.A is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It injects itself in running processes.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

ARKeylogger.A 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.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.