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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Kickin

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Kickin
Technical name:W32/Kickin
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Kickin@MM
Type:Worm
Effects:  It ends active processes in the computer and opens the Internet browser.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 8, 2003
Detection updated on:March 17, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Kickin is a worm that, after infecting a computer, ends active processes in the computer and opens the Internet browser. Every time it infects a computer, it also sends an e-mail message to companies that develop antivirus programs.

Kickin spreads rapidly via e-mail, P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing programs and IRC chat programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

If the firewall you have installed closes for no apparent reason or if you cannot open the Windows Help, Kickin may have infected your computer