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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

VB.AIP

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:VB.AIP
Technical name:W32/VB.AIP
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It uses anti-monitoring techniques in order to prevent it being detected by antivirus companies. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 29, 2010
Detection updated on:June 14, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that it is being executed in a virtual machine environment, such as VMWare or VirtualPC.

 

VB.AIP 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.

 

VB.AIP 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.