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Austral

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

It rotates the Windows Desktop and displays it upside down.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 2, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Austral 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, Austral rotates the Windows Desktop and displays it upside down.

To stop the effects of this joke and return to normal work, the user must push any of the mouse buttons.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Austral is easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen:



Then, Austral rotates the Windows Desktop and displays it upside down.