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Y2k

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Y2k
Technical name:Joke/Y2k
Threat level:Low
Type:Joke
Effects:  It displays a message on screen, pretending to check if the affected computer is Y2K compliant. It opens and closes the CD-ROM tray, changes the mouse pointer, etc.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 2, 2004
Detection updated on:April 19, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Y2k 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, Y2k displays a message on screen, pretending to carry out a test in order to check if the affected computer is Y2K compliant. During this fake test, it opens and closes the CD-ROM tray, it makes the screen flicker, changes the mouse pointer, etc.

Once the so-called test is finished, Y2k informs that it has found a flaw in the PC-Speaker and, unless this problem is solved, the user will not be able to start the computer during the year 2000.

Finally, the program announces that it was only a joke.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Y2k is easy to recognize, as it displays the following message on screen once it is run:

In addition, during this fake test, Y2k opens and closes the CD-ROM tray, changes the mouse pointer, makes the screen flicker, etc.