Published Oct 15, 2012 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: EXP/Pidief.djn (Avira) Exploit.JS.Pdfka.ggd (Kaspersky) Exploit.PDF (Ikarus) Exploit.XA (Norman) JS/Exploit.Pdfka.PTI (ESET) JS/Pdfka.HD (Command) PDF:Exploit.PDF-JS.HN (BitDefender) Troj/PDFJs-ABB (Sophos) TROJ_PIDIEF_AAIA (Trend Micro)


Exploit:Win32/Pdfjsc.ADQ is a malicious PDF file that exploits a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

The vulnerabilities, discussed in CVE-2010-0188, allow this malware to download and run arbitrary files.

The following versions of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are vulnerable to this exploit:

  • Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8 earlier than 8.2.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 earlier than 9.3.1

To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may be installed on your computer, run a full-system scan with an appropriate, up-to-date, security solution. The following Microsoft products detect and remove this threat:

Update vulnerable PDF applications

This threat exploits known vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. After removing this threat, make sure that you install the updates available from the vendor. You can read more about these vulnerabilities in PDF documents, as well as where to download the software update, from the following links:

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