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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Viking.Q

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Viking.Q
Technical name:W32/Viking.Q
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Viking.NAG
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It terminates processes belonging to security tools, leaving the computer vulnerable to other malware attacks. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet, via mapped drives, through shared network resources, by infecting files that are then distributed.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 3, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 4, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Viking.Q is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: .

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: causes system slowdowns.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it terminates processes belonging to security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, leaving the computer defenseless against attacks from other malware.

 

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

  • It terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.
  • It injects itself in running processes.

 

Viking.Q 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.

 

Viking.Q uses the following infection strategies:

  • Prepending: it enters its code at the beginning of the file it infects. By doing this, it ensures that the virus is run every time the infected file is executed, but without interfering the functioning of the file.