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It simulates the hard disk formatting.
|First detected on:||Sept. 10, 2004|
|Detection updated on:||Sept. 10, 2004|
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.
FakeFormat is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on screen: