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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Redisto

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Redisto
Technical name:W32/Redisto
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  It ends active processes and sends confidential information belonging to the user of the affected computer via e-mail.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:May 19, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Redisto is a worm that, after infecting a computer, ends active processes in the affected computer. By doing this, some antivirus and firewall applications, among others, installed on the affected computer will stop working.

It also saves confidential information belonging to the user of the affected computer in two files, which it then sends out via e-mail.

Redisto spreads rapidly via e-mail and KaZaA, a P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing program.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Redisto has infected a computer is the following false error message, which it displays on screen when it is run: