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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

VideoPlay

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:VideoPlay
Technical name:Adware/VideoPlay
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It passes itself off as a codec to view videos. Once installed, it downloads a network worm designed to steal information such as email accounts and passwords. It can be downloaded from certain dubious websites passing itself as a codec to view videos.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 20, 2009
Detection updated on:June 26, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

VideoPlay is an adware program that passes itself off as a codec to view videos. This malware is usually downloaded from dubious websites where videos can be viewed. When the users try to watch a video, they are required to download and install a codec.

Once installed, it downloads the worm to the affected computer. The aim of this worm is to spread through the system drives and steal the information stored in the Internet browser, such as email accounts and the login passwords to different web services.

VideoPlay can be downloaded from certain dubious websites passing itself as a codec to view videos.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

  • It has the following icon, imitating a clapperboard:

  • When it is run, the installation process of the application starts and the first window which is displayed contains the license agreement: