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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Capside.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Capside.A
Technical name:W32/Capside.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Subtype: Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers, and has damaging effects on the affected computer.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Oct. 23, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    
Capside.A is a virus that also has the characteristics of a worm.
Capside.A gets into a computer via e-mail, the Internet, floppy disks, etc, and it spreads by inserting its code in other files and programs. Its effects can range from simply annoying to destructive.
Furthermore, due to its worm characteristics, Capside.A also spreads by sending out copies of itself. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, preventing users from working with the affected computer.

 

Capside.A prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Capside.A redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Capside.A redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Capside.A uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.