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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

V2P2

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:V2P2
Technical name:V2P2
Threat level:Low
Alias:Chamaleon,
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:June 23, 2009
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

V2P2 is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

V2P2 does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

 

V2P2 uses the following infection strategies:

  • Polymorphic: it encrypts itself in a different way with each infection it carries out. In order to do this, it uses different keys and operations. As a result, the virus has different characteristics in each new infection, which makes it difficult for antivirus pro-grams to detect this virus.
  • Encrypted: it encrypts its code in order to make it difficult to detect. In order to carry out its infection, the virus decrypts itself and, once infection has been carried out, it encrypts itself again.