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|Effects: ||It displays messages that attempt to trick the user into thinking that the computer is infected by a powerful virus, or that there has been an exception error.|
|First detected on:||Sept. 8, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||Dec. 15, 2003|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Pelotas is a joke typemalware. 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, Pelotas displays messages that attempt to trick the user into thinking that the computer is infected by a powerful virus, or that there has been an exception error. Finally, before ending the process, it prompts the user to push a button that moves around the screen.
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 Pelotas.
Pelotas is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on screen:
First of all, it displays a message that informs of a virus detection:
Then, it informs of an exception in the system kernel:
turns the Windows Desktop
black, in order to trick the user into thinking that the system has failed but, after a while, it displays a message that prompts the user to push a button to end the joke:
The button moves whenever the user attempts to push it.
Finally, it appears a message with a big button that ends the process: