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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Pidief.A

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pidief.A
Technical name:Trj/Pidief.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It exploits a vulnerabilty in Adobe to install itself in the computers and uses a rootkit in order to make its detection more difficult. It reaches the computer in a PDF document which can be distributed through different means, such as email messages.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 24, 2009
Detection updated on:July 29, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Pidief.A is a Trojan which exploits a vulnerabilty in Adobe to install itself in the computers. This vulnerability allows an attacking user to control the computer remotely and to download more malware.

Additionally, it uses a rootkit in order to make its detection more difficult, as it hides the files processes and Windows Registry entries created by the Trojan.

Pidief.A reaches the computer in a PDF document which can be distributed through different means, such as email messages or Internet downloads, among others.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Pidief.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.