Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.
|Type:||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
It is a Potentially Unwanted Program, which can affect the users' consent, awarenes or control over the program.
It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites.
It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user.
, across the Internet.
|First detected on:||May 24, 2006|
|Detection updated on:||May 8, 2007|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Adspider belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.
PUPs are programs that, due to their features or means of distribution, can affect users' consent, awareness or control over operations like:
- Modifications carried out on the computer.
- Behavior of the program.
- Processing of personal data.
The evaluation criteria of PUPs are based on the proposals suggested by the Anti-Spyware Coalition, organization of which Panda Security is a member.
It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:
- In the affected computer:
it displays pop-up windows; causes system slowdowns.
It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:
- It injects itself in running processes.
Adspider 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.
Adspider is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:
- It displays false error messages when it is run.
- It creates shortcuts in the Windows Desktop.
- It installs icons in the System Tray.