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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Choke.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Choke.A
Technical name:W32/Choke.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:I-Worm/Choke, Choke, Win32/Choke, W32/Choke.40960
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  

It displays images on the screen and affects other computers connected via MSN Messenger.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:June 4, 2003
StatisticsNo
Family:W32 GROUP

Brief Description 

    

Choke.A is a worm that reaches computers in a message with variable characteristics, sent through MSN Messenger.

Choke.A is not considered a dangerous worm, as its only objective is to spread to other computers. If MSN Messenger is not installed on the computer, the worm will not be able to send itself automatically to other users.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Choke.A is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in a Messenger message with the following characteristics:

  • Message:
    President bush shooter is game that allows you to shoot Bush balzz hahaha
  • Attachment: any of the following:
    CHOKE.EXE
    SHOOTPRESIDENTBUSH.EXE
    HOTMAIL.EXE
    In certain cases, the name of the attachment is made up of the name of the sender of the file and an EXE extension.

In addition, Choke.A displays a window indicating the need to use the Flash program (version 6.5):

Then, it displays the following error message:



While these messages are displayed, Choke.A goes memory resident.