x
48h OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
SPECIAL OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
HALLOWEEN OFFER
take advantage of our
terrific discounts
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
CHRISTMAS OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 40% OFF
x
SPECIAL OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
BLACKFRIDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
x
CYBERMONDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
(Only for homeusers)
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
Active Scan. Scan your PC free
Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MacroVirus

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

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. It 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.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 17, 2010
Detection updated on:May 20, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

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

MacroVirus 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 

    

MacroVirus is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • It reaches the computer in a file with the following icon:

    Icon of MacroVirus
  • When this file is run, the installaton process of the program is started:

    Installation window of MacroVirus
  • Once installed, the interface of the program is opened and it starts scanning the system in search for possible malware. The results of the analysis indicate that the computer is infected:

    Result of the scan carried out by MacroVirus