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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

CoolNotepad

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:CoolNotepad
Technical name:VBS/CoolNotepad
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It hides the Windows Desktop. It spreads via email and via IRC.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:April 25, 2005
StatisticsNo
Family:VBS

Brief Description 

    

CoolNotepad is a worm that hides the Windows Desktop when it is run.

CoolNotepad spreads via email, in a message that includes an attached file called COOL_NOTEPAD_DEMO.TXT.VBS, and via IRC.

Visible Symptoms 

    

CoolNotepad is easy to recognize when it spreads via email, as it reaches the computer in a message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Cool Notepad Demo.
  • Message:
    Hey check out this text file I sent it will do something neat in notepad.
    Enjoy :-)
  • Attachments:
    COOL_NOTEPAD_DEMO.TXT.VBS

This file could also be received via IRC.

Furthermore, once CoolNotepad has affected the computer, it can be recognized because it hides the Windows Desktop.