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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

StartPage.DCP

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.DCP
Technical name:VBS/StartPage.DCP
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It generates a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It changes system permissions. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 11, 2010
Detection updated on:March 11, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

StartPage.DCP 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.

 

StartPage.DCP 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.