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Pikachu

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pikachu
Technical name:W32/Pikachu
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trojan/Pokey,, I-Worm/Pikachu, Trojan/Pokemon, Pokey, Pokemon, Troj_Pokey.A, W32.Pokemon.Worm, WIN32/Pikachu.32768
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  It deletes all the files from the following directories: C:\ Windows and C:\ Windows\ System

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Oct. 8, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:SPAIN
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Pikachu is an Internet worm that spreads mainly through e-mail, using the application Outlook. The virus reaches computer in an e-mail message that contains an attachment with an icon. This icon might trick users into thinking that it is a program related to the popular character of the video game Pokemon.

The aim of Pikachu is to delete all the files the user has in the following directories:

  • C:\ Windows
  • C:\ Windows\ System

However, in order to carry out its action, Pikachu needs:

  • The libraries for running programs in Visual Basic 6 (MSVBVM60.DLL, etc…) to be installed.
  • The user to select Yes (Y) when the following warning message appears on screen

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Pikachu has reached your computer is an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Pikachu Pokemon
  • Message:
    Great Friend!
    Pikachu from Pokemon Theme have some friendly words to say. Visit Pikachu at
    http://www.pikachu.com.
    See you.
  • Attachments:
    PIKACHUPOKEMON.EXE
    This file has the following icon:

In addition, Pikachu sends itself out to the e- mail addresses in Outlook's Address Book. While the message is being sent out, the worm displays a window with an image featuring the character of the video game Pokemon, Pikachu. This character seems to invite users to visit a website.