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Panol

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Panol
Technical name:W32/Panol.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  It formats the hard drive C:. It ends processes belonging to several antivirus programs and security applications.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 5, 2003
Detection updated on:March 16, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Panol is a worm with destructive effects that spreads via e-mail in a message with the subject Protects against viruses, worms, Trojan & hackers and an attachment called VIRUS_BLOCK.EXE.

When it is run, Panol ends processes belonging to several antivirus programs and security applications. When the affected computer is restarted, Panol reformats the hard drive C:.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Panol is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Protects against viruses, worms, Trojan & hackers
  • Attachments:
    VIRUS_BLOCK.EXE

When it is run, Panol displays the following messages on screen:

  • On September 2, it displays the following dialog box, and deletes the line that this virus inserts in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

  • Whenever the system date is October 11, it displays the following message:

  • On July 15, Panol displays this dialog box:

In addition, Panol changes the home page of Internet Explorer to: http://ankara.edu.tr