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Petik.N

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Petik.N
Technical name:VBS/Petik.N
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It overwrites all the files it finds on the affected computer. As a result, this computer will stop working.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:May 18, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Petik.N is a very dangerous worm, as it overwrites all the files it finds on the affected computer. As a result, all of the information on the affected computer will be lost and it will stop working.

Before overwriting files, Petik.N creates one hundred empty files with a TXT extension on the Windows desktop. The name of these files starts with the word stress, followed by four random lowercase letters.

Petik.N mainly spreads across shared network drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Petik.N is easy to recognize, as it creates one hundred empty files on the Windows desktop. The name of these files starts with the word stress, followed by four random lowercase letters and a TXT extension.