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Threat LevelLow threat
DistributionNot widespread
Common name:Baidu
Technical name:Rootkit/Baidu
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects: It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Dec. 26, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 15, 2009

Brief Description

Baidu is a rootkit. These are programs used to hide files, Windows Registry entries or processes, either their own or those of other programs.

In this way, even when a user looks for these items on a computer, they won't be able to see them.

Rootkits have been widely used for malicious ends, to camouflage other programs on computers that have previously been compromised through other means.

There are certain examples of malware that use rootkits in order to go unnoticed on the computer they have infected.

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It injects itself in running processes.

Baidu 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.