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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

P2load.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:P2load.A
Technical name:W32/P2load.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It modifies the start page and the search options of Internet Explorer and redirects the Google website to other that imitates it. It spreads through the P2P programs Shareaza and Imesh.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 14, 2005
Detection updated on:Sept. 19, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

P2load.A is a worm that modifies the start page and the search options of Internet Explorer.

Additionally, it redirects the attempts of connection to a Google page to other website that imitates it. This way, when affected users attempt to search in Google, they won't be presented with real results, but those that the authors of P2load.A choose.

P2load.A spreads through the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs Shareaza and Imesh.

Visible Symptoms 

    

P2load.A is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays the following message on screen when it is run:

  • It changes the start page of Internet Explorer to the following: