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Heart

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Heart
Technical name:Joke/Heart
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trojan.Win32.VB.gp
Type:Joke
Effects:   It pretends to carry out destructive actions or modifies the mouse or screen settings. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 31, 2004
Detection updated on:March 31, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Heart is a joke type malware.

These are completely harmless programs that display false messages informing users that destructive actions have been carried out on their computer, pretend to carry out destructive actions, modify the mouse or screen settings, etc.

 

Heart uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.