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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Pinit.J

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pinit.J
Technical name:W32/Pinit.J
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It spreads , through shared network resources, by infecting files that are then distributed.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 6, 2010
Detection updated on:May 23, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

 

Pinit.J 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.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.

 

Pinit.J uses the following infection strategies:

  • Link: it modifies the links that indicate to the operating system where files are stored. It redirects the links to the virus instead of to the original files. When users try to open a file infected by a link virus, they will actually be running the virus. Once infection has been carried out, it will be impossible to work with the original files.