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Prestige.B

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Prestige.B
Technical name:W32/Prestige.B
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It displays a warning message asking the user to install a program in order to view some photos.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 14, 2002
Detection updated on:March 20, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Prestige.B is a worm that spreads via e-mail in a message written in Spanish that is easy to identify, because the subject is: Nuevas grietas del PrestiGe nos amenazan! and the sender appears to be: Greenpace .

The effects of Prestige.B are more annoying than damaging, as when it carries out its infection it displays a warning message that asks the user for confirmation to install a Plug-In (program update) in order to view photos of the cracks found in the Prestige oil tanker.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Prestige.B is easy to recognize before it affects the computer, as it comes in an e-mail message written in Spanish with the following characteristics:

  • Sender:
    Greenpace
  • Subject:
    Nuevas grietas del PrestiGe nos amenazan!
  • Message: the message is blank.
  • Attachments:
    GRIETAS.ZIP
    This file, compressed in ZIP format, contains the executable file PRESTIGE.EXE.

When the attached file is decompressed and run, Prestige.B displays a window which informs the user that a program update (plug-in) must be installed to view the photos of the Prestige oil tanker.

If the user clicks on the No button, no other windows related to the virus will be displayed. However, if the users clicks on Yes, another error message is displayed: