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Threat LevelModerate threat
DistributionNot widespread
Common name:Downloader.PCD
Technical name:Trj/Downloader.PCD
Threat level:Low
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 23, 2007
Detection updated on:June 23, 2007
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 


Downloader.PCD is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.


Downloader.PCD uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.