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Panda Security: Virus almanac 2008 – the first six months

July 2008 by Panda

Panda Security has published a list of the viruses that, for one reason or another, stood out during the first six months of the year.

MalwareProtector2008 and AdvancedXpFixer, the creepiest: These two malicious codes fill victims’ computers with bugs. Well, to be precise, virtual cockroaches that ‘eat’ the desktop. What really lies behind this is an attempt to convince users that their computers are infected (which is not necessarily true) and for them to buy the security solution offered by this adware.

Tixcet.A, the cleanest. This worm just loves cleaning hard disks. It is hard to imagine though, that users will appreciate this ‘service’ when they find all their files have been deleted.

PGPCoder.E, the kidnapper: This is a new example of ransomware which takes data on a computer hostage and asks for a ransom. Specifically, it uses an algorithm to encrypt all information on a computer, and then demands money in return for the key needed to decrypt it. This is a good example of how real life crime is reflected by cyber-criminals on the Web.

Nuwar.OL, Nuwar.QI and Valentin.E, the most romantic. Love hurts, at least it does in the case of the Nuwar (also known as Storm Worm) and Valentin.E worms. All of them use romantic themes to trick users and infect their computers.

Romeo.C the most informative. Sometimes, creators of malicious code come up with the most unexpected functions. Displaying breaking news while carrying out malicious actions is hard to beat in that sense. Perhaps even some of the victims have been impressed by this new program that dutifully keeps you up-to-date on the latest news.

Manclick.A, Manclick.B and Manclick.C, the imposters. These malicious codes pass themselves off as other programs to make potential victims think they are installing a legitimate application instead of malware. But that’s not all, they also redirect users to spoof bank Web pages, to collect confidential information which is then used for online fraud.

FakeDeath.A, the most deceitful: This worm announces the death of Fidel Castro to trick users and infect their computers. Just remember, you cannot believe all that you read.

RenameLoi.A, the prophet of the Apocalypse: When run, this worm makes an annoying noise and displays a message about the Antichrist and Judgment Day.

MSNWorm.EI, the cool pig: When users run the file containing this malicious code, the worm displays a photo of a pig with makeup, necklaces and sunglasses.

BeepBeep.A, the noisiest: This malicious code likes to draw attention to itself, and whenever users access the Windows folder or System folder, it emits a series of annoying beeps.

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