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Headache

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

After warning that it could cause epileptic seizures, it makes the screen flicker.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 15, 2004
Detection updated on:April 19, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Headache 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, Headache displays a window warning users of a posible epileptic seizure due to its use. Then, it makes the screen flicker.

In order to end this joke and return to normal work, the user must push any key.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Headache is easy to recognize once it is executed, as it displays the following messages on screen:

  • It warns users that it may cause epileptic seizures:

  • Then, it makes the screen flicker until the user pushes any key.
  • Finally, it displays the following message on screen: