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Pica

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pica
Technical name:W32/Pica
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects PE files with EXE and SCR extensions.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 29, 2002
Detection updated on:Nov. 8, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Pica is a polymorphic virus that creates a dropper type file in the affected computer and infects files with EXE (executable) and SCR (screensaver) extensions.

Pica spreads through the usual means used by viruses, (CD-ROMS, e-mail, Internet downloads, etc.). Furthermore, it also spreads across networks. When it has infected a computer in a network, it enumerates all the shared network drives in order to copy itself to them.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Pica is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any message or warnings that indicate that it has infected a computer.