Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.
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.
Pikachu modifies the following file:
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:
This message is sent to all the contacts in Outlook’s Address Book.
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.