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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Damon.E

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Damon.E
Technical name:MSH/Damon.E
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It is a virus that uses the technique known as prepending in order to infect MSH files.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003

First detected on:Aug. 5, 2005
Detection updated on:Aug. 5, 2005
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:AUSTRIA

Brief Description 

    

Damon.E is a proof of concept virus that uses the technique known as prepending in order to infect files with an MSH extension.

This technique consists in adding its own code to the beginning of the original file.

 

MSH (Microsoft Shell), also known as Monad, is a shell that will replace earlier shells, such as cmd and command. New characteristics of MSH include the capability to interact with .NET objects, among others.

This shell will be included in the Windows Vista operating system, but not by default.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Damon.E is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.