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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

StartPage.DIH

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:StartPage.DIH
Technical name:W32/StartPage.DIH
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 uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. 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:May 25, 2010
Detection updated on:May 25, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

StartPage.DIH 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 uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

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

  • It prevents scanning tools from running, such as Windows Registry Editor, FileMonitor, etc.

 

StartPage.DIH 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.DIH 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.