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Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

MyPics

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MyPics
Technical name:W32/Mypics
Threat level:Low
Alias:Pic4you; Cbios; Worm.MyPics; W32/MyPics.Worm; W32.MyPics.Worm; MyPics; W32/MyPics.com; W32/MyPics.bat; I-Worm.Pics; ICQ_Greetings.exe; W32. Passion.27648; Worm.Passion; Worm.ICQ_Greetings; W32/MyPics.Worm.27648
Type:Worm
Effects:  It formats hard disks and corrupts the boot sector of computers.
Detection updated on:Feb. 18, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Family:W32 GROUP

Brief Description 

    

MyPics is a worm that reaches computers in a file attached to an e-mail message. The file that carries out the infection will be one of the following: PICS4YOU.EXE ICQ.EXE, ICQ_GREETINGS.EXE or  PASSION.EXE.

MyPics activates when the system date is January 1st, 2000 and it tries to make users think that its actions are a result of the year 2000 effect (2YK). When it has carried out its infection, it sends itself out to the 50 first contacts in the Outlook Address Book.

MyPics is a dangerous virus, as, among other effects, it modifies the BIOS and deletes all the files on the hard drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MyPics is easy to identify, as it reaches computers in an e-mail message with one of the following attachments: PICS4YOU.EXE, ICQ.EXE, ICQ_GREETINGS.EXE or PASSION.EXE.

In addition, the icon of these attachments is one of the following: