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Autodes

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Autodes
Technical name:Joke/Autodes
Threat level:Medium
Type:Joke
Effects:  It displays messages on screen, pretending that the program will self-destruct.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Dec. 31, 2003
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:SPAIN

Brief Description 

    

Autodes is a joke type malware. These harmless programs display fake error messages on screen warning of destructive actions, simulate these actions or change the mouse or screen settings.

In this particular case, Autodes displays a series of messages that attempt to trick the user into thinking that the program will self-destruct in ten seconds.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Autodes is easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen once it is run:

When the count reaches zero, Autodes displays the following message, explaining that it was only a joke: