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FakFormat

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

It simulates the hard disk formatting.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Sept. 10, 2004
Detection updated on:Sept. 10, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

FakFormat 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, when FakFormat is run, it warns users on the fact that it will format the hard disk if they don't click on the Cancel button. However, this button changes its position when the user attempts to click on it. Finally, FakFormat announces that it was just a joke.

If the user wants to stop the effects of this joke and return to normal work, it is necessary to click the shortcut keys Ctrl + Alt + Supr and end the process belonging to FakFormat, named cyber.exe and wowexec.exe.

Visible Symptoms 

    

FakeFormat is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on screen:

  • First, it asks for the user name and the message to be displayed:

  • Then, it notifies the user on the fact that the hard disk is going to be formatted if the user does not click on the Cancel button:

  • However, this button will change its position if the user attempts to click on it:

  • Finally, FakFormat announces that it was just a joke: