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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Shinwow.E

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Shinwow.E
Technical name:Trj/Shinwow.E
Threat level:Low
Alias:OpenStream, TrojanDownloader.Java.OpenSetream.c, JS/Shinwow, Trojan.ByteVerify
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It downloads a variant of the Trojan Harnig, slows down the computer and modifies the home page of Internet Explorer.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Sept. 20, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Shinwow.E is a Trojan that downloads a variant of another Trojan, detected by Panda Security as Harnig, to the affected computer. This Harnig variant downloads and runs other malware, especially spyware and adware programs.

The affected computer slows down, which impedes normal work.

Additionally, Shinwow.E modifies the home page of the browser Internet Explorer.

Shinwow.E is downloaded to the affected computer when certain web pages are accessed.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Shinwow.E is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it changes the home page of Internet Explorer to: