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Pelotas

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pelotas
Technical name:Joke/Pelotas
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  It displays messages that attempt to trick the user into thinking that the computer is infected by a powerful virus, or that there has been an exception error.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 8, 2003
Detection updated on:Dec. 15, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Pelotas 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, Pelotas displays messages that attempt to trick the user into thinking that the computer is infected by a powerful virus, or that there has been an exception error. Finally, before ending the process, it prompts the user to push a button that moves around the 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 Pelotas.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

  • First of all, it displays a message that informs of a virus detection:

  • Then, it informs of an exception in the system kernel:

  • Pelotas turns the Windows Desktop black, in order to trick the user into thinking that the system has failed but, after a while, it displays a message that prompts the user to push a button to end the joke:



    The button moves whenever the user attempts to push it.
  • Finally, it appears a message with a big button that ends the process: