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Argen

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

It displays several windows on screen as it opens the CDROM drive.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 16, 2004
Detection updated on:June 16, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Argen 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, Argen displays several windows on screen as it opens the CDROM drive.

It is not possible to return to normal work by accessing the Task Manager through the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Supr and end the process associated to Argen. The user must wait until the joke ends.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Argen is easy to recognize, as it displays several windows as it opens the CDROM drive. When the user clicks on the OK button, the CDROM drive is closed:

Note: at late June 2004 a new variant of this joke appeared, which displayed different messages. Click here to see these messages.