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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Fakedel.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Fakedel.A
Technical name:Joke/Fakedel.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  

It simulates to send the Windows directory and all its content to the Recycle bin.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:April 19, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Fakedel.A 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, Fakedel.A simulates the process of sending the Windows directory and all its contents to the Recycle bin by displaying messages on screen.

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 Fakedel.A.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

  • First of all, it displays a message asking for confirmation to send the Windows directory to the Recycle bin:

  • Then, regardless of the option that the user chooses, it displays a message that simulates the process: