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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Ad.Niagara

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ad.Niagara
Technical name:Adware/Niagara
Threat level:Low
Alias:Adware.Niagara
Type:Dialer
Subtype: Adware
Effects:   It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 15, 2005
Detection updated on:March 15, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Ad.Niagara is a dialer type malware. Dialers usually try to establish phone connections with high rate numbers, significantly increasing the phone bill of the affected user.

Ad.Niagara affects computers that use a modem to connect to the Internet, as the virus modifies the Dial-up network access settings. It changes the telephone number provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is a local-rate number, to a high-rate number.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it displays pop-up windows.

 

Ad.Niagara 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.