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MouseShoot

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MouseShoot
Technical name:Joke/MouseShoot
Threat level:Medium
Type:Joke
Effects:  

It displays a game in which the user has to shoot several mouses on the Windows Desktop. When the user hits the target, the mouse gets angry, and makes the user think that the computer is being restarted.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:April 27, 2004
Detection updated on:Dec. 26, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MouseShoot 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, MouseShoot displays a game on screen, in which the user has to shoot several mouses as they appear on the Windows Desktop. When the user hits the target, the mouse gets angry and displays a dialog box which feigns the Windows shutdown. The screen goes black for a few seconds as if the computer was being restarted.

In order to stop MouseShoot, the user must push the Escape button, restart the computer or access the Task Administrator and end the associated process.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MouseShoot is easy to recognize, as it carries out the following actions:

  • It displays a game, in which several mouses run from one side of the Windows Desktop to the other. The user must use the mouse pointer as sight, in order to shoot the mouses:

  • When the user hits the target, the mouse gets angry and leaves the screen:
  • After a while, the mouse appears on screen again with a dialog box that feigns the Windows shutdown:

  • Then, the screen goes black for a few seconds, as if the computer was being restarted.