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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Pikachu

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread

Effects 

Pikachu has the following effects:

  • It displays an image on the screen, inciting the user to access a certain website.
  • It deletes all the files in the following directories: C:\ WINDOWS and  C:\ WINDOWS\ SYSTEM. This only happens when the computer is rebooted and the user selects Yes in the message requesting confirmation that is displayed.

Infection strategy 

Pikachu modifies the following file:

  • AUTOEXEC.BAT. It replaces this file with another that contains the following code lines:
    @ECHO OFF
    del C:\ WINDOWS\*.*
    del C:\ WINDOWS\ SYSTEM\*.* 
    By doing this, Pikachu ensures that the next time the computer is started up all the files in the directories C:\ WINDOWS and C:\ WINDOWS\ SYSTEM are deleted.

Fortunately, the erase command DEL asks the user for confirmation before carrying out its action. Therefore, the user of an infected computer can prevent these files from being deleted.

The confirmation message displayed by the DEL program will be similar to the following:

Means of transmission 

Pikachu mainly uses e-mail to spread. In order to do this, Pikachu sends itself out from the affected computer in an e-mail message.

Pikachu reaches computers in an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Pikachu Pokemon
  • Message:
    Great Friend!
    Pikachu from Pokemon Theme have some friendly words to say. Visit Pikachu at
    http://www.pikachu.com.
    See you.
  • Attachments:
    PIKACHUPOKEMON.EXE

This message is sent to all the contacts in Outlook’s Address Book.

Further Details  

Pikachu is written in the programming language Visual Basic 6.0. In order to be run, it needs the libraries for running programs in Visual Basic 6 to be installed (MSVBVM60.DLL, etc.). If they are not, the virus will not be run.

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