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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Autoit.JQ

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Autoit.JQ
Technical name:W32/Autoit.JQ
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Gen:Trojan.Heur.AutoIT.Xq3@bKqZY@mO,
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It displays pop-up messages when it runs, distracting users and affecting productivity. It changes system permissions. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 16, 2010
Detection updated on:Feb. 16, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Autoit.JQ is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

Autoit.JQ uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.

 

Autoit.JQ uses the following infection strategies:

  • Resident: once it has been run, the virus goes memory resident and stops functions belonging to the operating system. Therefore, every time the operating system or an application tries to access any of these functions, the virus will activate and infect new files.