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Virus Encyclopedia

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AquaPlay

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

It passes itself off as a codec to view videos. Once installed, it downloads the worm Autorun.AST to the affected computer. 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. 23, 2009
Detection updated on:Jan. 29, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

AquaPlay 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 detected as Autorun.AST in the affected computer. The aim of this worm is to spread and affect as many computers as possible.

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

AquaPlay 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: