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Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Vote.A
Technical name:W32/Vote
Threat level:Low
Alias:Vote, Vote.A-mm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  It formats the c: drive, drops a Trojan in the system and overwrites files with a HTM or HTML extension. It also changes the home page in Internet Explorer. It tries to delete antivirus programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:
Detection updated on:Nov. 25, 2003
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


Vote is a worm that spreads in a file called WTC.EXE attached to an e-mail message with the subject: Fwd: Peace BeTweeN AmeriCa And IsLaM !.

Vote carries out several actions in the affected computer, some of which are extremely destructive:

  • It formats the C: drive, in other words, deletes its content.
  • It drops a Trojan in the system (Trjan/PSW.Barrio.50).
  • It overwrites files with a HTM or HTML extension.
  • It deletes certain antivirus programs.
  • It changes the home page in Internet Explorer.

Visible Symptoms 


The first clear indication that you have received Vote is an e-mail with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Fwd: Peace BeTweeN AmeriCa And IsLaM !
  • Message:
    Hi iS iT A waR Against AmeriCa Or IsLaM!? Let's Vote To Live in Peace!
  • Attachments:

The worm also changes the home page inInternet Explorer to :

Finally, the virus displays the following message on screen :

If the user clicks on the OK button in this window, Vote shuts down the computer.

This action may not be carried out because the worm may have deleted the files needed to do this from the C:\Windows directory.