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P2PShared.U

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:P2PShared.U
Technical name:W32/P2PShared.U.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

Its main objective is to spread through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, email and removable drives. It reaches the computer in a file which has the icon of a snowball.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 5, 2008
Detection updated on:May 25, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

P2PShared.U is a worm whose main objective is to spread and affect as many computers as possible.

The means it uses to spread are the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, email messages and removable drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

P2PShared.U is easy to recognize, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer in a file which has the icon of a snowman:

  • When it spreads via email, it sends one of the following messages:

    - One of them seems to be a McDonald's Christmas promotion which offers a  discount coupon:

    - The second contains a Hallmark e-card which seems to be sent from a friend:

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