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Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PrettyPark
Technical name:W32/PrettyPark
Threat level:Medium
Alias:PrettyPark,, W32/PrettyPark.60928-mm, I-Worm.Prettypark, W32/PrettyPark.37376-m, W32/PrettyPark.51433-m

Sends out confidential information on the victim and deletes folders.


Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 18, 1999
Detection updated on:Oct. 29, 2007
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


PrettyPark is a worm that refers to the popular cartoon series South Park. It spreads:

  • Through e-mail messages with an attachment called PRETTY PARK.EXE.
  • By sending this attachment through IRC.

PrettyPark has a wide range of effects: it deletes information, deletes files, etc. But without a doubt its most damaging effect is its ability to steal confidential information from the victim and send it to third-parties.


Visible Symptoms 


The first clear sign that you have received the virus is a file called PRETTY PARK.EXE sent throught IRC or attached to an e-mail message. This file has an icon related to the television series South Park.

Another symptom that infection has been carried out is a random screensaver displayed in the computer. This symptom however, only appears in computers with the French version of Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT installed.

For more information consult the section Means of transmission.