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Irritan

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

It fills the Windows Desktop with multiple messages.

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 

    

Irritan is a joke typemalware. 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, Irritan fills the Windows Desktop with multiple messages that cover the rest of the program windows.

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 Irritan.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Irritan is easy to recognize, as it covers the Windows Desktop with multiple messages, as in the following image: