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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Illegal

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

Simulates the installation of a program and warns users on the fact that they will be reported if they go on with the installation process.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 14, 2004
Detection updated on:April 19, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Illegal 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, Illegal simulates the installation of a program. During the installation process, it warns the user on the fact that the program is ilegitimate and that it has been pirated.

If users go on with the installation process, Illegal displays a message that notify users that they have been reported on installing components of a suppossed illegitimate software.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Illegal is easy to recognize once it is executed, as it displays the following messages on screen. These messages warn users on the fact that thay are installing an illegitimate program:







If users go on with the installation process, Illegal displays a message that notify users that they have been reported on installing components of a suppossed illegitimate software: