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Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Goner.A
Technical name:W32/Goner.A@mm
Threat level:Low
Effects:  It kills processes, deletes files, displays windows on screen, closes the Windows session and steals information from the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows ME/98/95

Detection updated on:March 20, 2002
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Repair utility:Panda QuickRemover

Brief Description 


Goner.A is a worm that spreads through different means, by passing itself off as a screensaver:

  • E-mail messages with an attached file called GONE.SCR (SCR is the extension for screensavers).
  • Automatically sending this file out through ICQ.

Goner.A has several effects: it kills processes, deletes files, displays windows on screen and closes the Windows session.

Visible Symptoms 


A clear sign that you have received this worm is a file called GONE.SCR sent via e-mail. This file is very easy to identify as it has the following icon:

For more information consult the Means of transmission section.

When the GONE.SCR file is run, Goner.A activates and displays a window on screen:

Then it displays the following error message: