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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

GeneralAntivirus

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

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to eliminate them, they are enticed to purchase a certain program. It can reach the computer downloaded from certain websites where banners or pop-up windows are displayed.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 26, 2009
Detection updated on:April 8, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

GeneralAntivirus is an adware program that deceives users warning them of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

Additionally, if users do not follow the program's recommendations, when the computer is restarted, the so-called Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is displayed and the computer is restarted.

GeneralAntivirus can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program. It can also reach the computer in a link that can be received via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

GeneralAntivirus eis easy to recognize, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer in a file which has the following name and icon:

  • When it is run, the installation process of the program starts and several screens are displayed, among them the following:

  • Once installed, the interface of the program is displayed: