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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Halfint

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Halfint
Technical name:W32/Halfint
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  It does not have any destructive effects. It spreads through the file sharing application KaZaA.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 28, 2003
Detection updated on:March 16, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Halfint is a worm that does not have any destructive effects, which spreads through KaZaA, a P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing program.

Halfint creates 36 copies of itself in the shared directory in KaZaA. For a list of the files created by Halfint, click here.

The names of these files, which are copies of Halfint, refer to IT programs, games, etc. By doing this, other users will download copies of the virus to their computer, thinking that they are downloading utilities.

Halfint also creates 36 copies shortcuts to two web pages, which are currently unavailable.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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