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Water

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

It opens a DOS window that informs the user that it has detected water in the floppy drive and will proceed to drain it.

Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:Oct. 14, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Water 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, Water displays a message on screen that informs the user that it has detected water in the floppy drive and will proceed to drain it.

In order to return to normal work, the user must push the shorcut keys Ctrl + Alt + Del and end the process belonging to Water.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Water is easy to recognize, as it opens a DOS window with the shell prompt A:>. On pushing any key, it appears the following message: