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|Effects: ||It displays a series of fake error messages that trick the user into thinking that some system files are damaged and therefore the hard drives must be deleted.|
|First detected on:||Sept. 8, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||Oct. 2, 2003|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Badgame 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, Badgame displays a series of fake error messages that trick the user into thinking that some system files are damaged and therefore the hard drives must be deleted.
If the user wants to stop the effects of this joke and return to normal work, it is necessary to access the shortcut keys Ctrl + Alt + Del and end the process belonging to Badgame.
Badgame is easy to recognize, as it displays a series of fake error messages written in German:
First of all, it displays a error message that informs that the installation program cannot find a Windows component.
Then, it simulates a protection error in the module COMCTL32.DLL
On pushing the OK
button, it warns that COMCTL32.DLL
cannot be found and displays a message with three options:
Regardless of the button which the user pushes, it displays a message informing that some system files are damaged, and therefore the hard drives must be deleted. In addition, if the options chosen were Retry
, it opens and closes the CD-ROM tray.
Finally, it denies to have carried any destructive actions. On pushing the OK