Threat Description

Worm: W32/PDF


Category: Malware
Type: Worm
Platform: W32
Aliases: Worm:W32/PDF


This is the first worm to use Adobe Acrobat PDF format as a platform. However, it only works under the full 'developer' version of Acrobat. The common Acrobat Reader program is not affected by this worm.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

More scanning & removal options

More information on scanning or removal options is available in the documentation for your F-Secure security product on the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

Contact Support

For further assistance, F-Secure customers can request support online via the Request support or the Chat forms on our Home - Global site.

Technical Details

The worm operates as a VBS script embedded within a PDF file. The worm show a simple 'peach' game on screen, with a large collage picture of peoples behinds and this text:

You have one minute to find the peach! [ ] Double click the icon to show the solution  

Note: Full version (not Acrobat Reader) is needed to show the solution

When the user doubleclicks on the icon shown, the worm collects e-mail addresses from Microsoft Outlook and sends itself further via e-mail.

As of 9th August 2001, this worm is not a real-world threat.


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