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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Institon

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Institon
Technical name:Bck/Institon
Threat level:Low
Alias:Backdoor.Laphex,, BackDoor-AJQ, Win32/Madcode.A
Type:Backdoor
Effects:  Its main objective is to control the affected computer and allow other users to control it.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 24, 2003
Detection updated on:March 5, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Institon is a backdoor type Trojan whose main objective is to connect to a server in order to allow a hacker to gain access to and steal (or modify) files on the affected computer, particularly the files in the Windows directory.

It is easy to be infected by Institon as it reaches computers through many different means: e-mail messages with infected attachments, computer networks, CD-ROMs, Internet downloads, FTP, floppy disks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Institon is easy to identify, as before the Trojan begins to steal or send files from the affected computer, it is displayed the following window:

For more information, see the section Means of Transmission.