Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.
It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer.
, across the Internet, via email, by infecting files that are then distributed.
|First detected on:||Feb. 5, 2007|
|Detection updated on:||Feb. 5, 2007|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Viking.OV is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.
Viking.OV 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.
- Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.
- 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.OV 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.