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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Amigo

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Amigo
Technical name:Joke/Amigo
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  

It simulates the process of deleting all the files in the hard drive by displaying messages.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 30, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Aloap is a joke type malware. These harmless programs display fake error messages on screen warning about the execution of destructive actions, fake these actions or change the mouse or screen settings.

To be more precise, Amigo simulates the process of deleting all the files in the hard drive by displaying a series of messages.

If the user wants to stop the effects of this joke and return to normal work, it is necessary to access the shortcut keys Ctrl + Alt + Del and end the process belonging to Aloap.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Amigo is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on screen once it is run:

  • First of all, it simulates the removal of all the files in the hard drive:

  • Then, it tricks the user into thinking that it is formatting the C: hard drive.

  • Amigo denies to have carried out the destructive actions that it simulated:





  • On pushing the Yes button, Amigo displays the following message:



    If the user pushes the No button, Amigo recommends to make a backup copy