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Molesto

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Molesto
Technical name:Joke/Molesto
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  It goes memory resident and displays messages on screen.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:March 4, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Molesto 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, Molesto displays a message on screen, in which it pretends to carry out an opinion poll. However, it only allows to push the Yes button. After that, it seems to end its process, but it goes memory resident and displays other messages at random.

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 Molesto.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Molesto is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on screen:

  • First of all, it displays a message on screen, in which it pretends to carry out an opinion poll:



    However, it only allows to push the Yes button, as it moves the No button whenever the user attempts to push it.
  • Then, it thanks the user for the collaboration and seems to ends its process.

  • However, it goes memory resident and displays other messages at random: