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Kingpdt

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Kingpdt
Technical name:VBS/Kingpdt
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It overwrites and renames a large number of of files.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 19, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Kingpdt is a worm that spreads rapidly to other computers via e-mail, IRC chat channels and peer-to-peer file-sharing programs.

Kingpdt overwrites the content of all the files it finds with the following extensions: mp3, mp2, mpg, mpeg, .mpe, avi, mov, dir, jpg, jpeg, jpe, gif, png, tif, tiff, pic, art and url. It replaces the content of these files with the virus code and changes their extension to VBS, rendering these files unusable.

Kingpdt also deletes the original content the files it finds in the shared directories of peer-to-peer file-sharing programs and of all the files it finds with VBS and VBE (compressed Visual Basic file) and replaces it with the virus code.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Kingpdt is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate that it has infected a computer. However, if it finds files with certain extensions, for example, JPG (images or MP3 (music), in the affected computers, it changes their extension to VBS, rendering them unusable.