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Badgame

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Badgame
Technical name:Joke/Badgame
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  It displays a series of fake error messages that trick the user into thinking that some system files are damaged and therefore the hard drives must be deleted.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:Oct. 2, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Badgame 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, Badgame displays a series of fake error messages that trick the user into thinking that some system files are damaged and therefore the hard drives must be deleted.

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 Badgame.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Badgame is easy to recognize, as it displays a series of fake error messages written in German:

  • First of all, it displays a error message that informs that the installation program cannot find a Windows component.

  • Then, it simulates a protection error in the module COMCTL32.DLL

  • On pushing the OK button, it warns that COMCTL32.DLL cannot be found and displays a message with three options:

  • Regardless of the button which the user pushes, it displays a message informing that some system files are damaged, and therefore the hard drives must be deleted. In addition, if the options chosen were Retry or Ignore, it opens and closes the CD-ROM tray.



  • Finally, it denies to have carried any destructive actions. On pushing the OK button, Badgame ends.