Parent class: Malware

Malicious tools are malicious programs designed to automatically create viruses, worms, or Trojans, conduct DoS attacks on remote servers, hack other computers, etc. Unlike viruses, worms, and Trojans, malware in this subclass does not present a direct threat to the computer it runs on, and the program’s malicious payload is only delivered on the direct order of the user.

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Class: Hoax

A hoax is a fake warning about a virus or other piece of malicious code. Typically a hoax takes the form of an e-mail message warning the reader of a dangerous new virus and suggesting that the reader pass the message on. Hoaxes cause no damage in themselves, but their distribution by well-meaning users often causes fear and uncertainty. Most anti-virus vendors include hoax information on their web sites and it is always advisable to check before forwarding warning messages.

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Platform: Win32

Win32 is an API on Windows NT-based operating systems (Windows XP, Windows 7, etc.) that supports execution of 32-bit applications. One of the most widespread programming platforms in the world.


Technical Details

JepRuss is a joke program - it is not a virus or a Trojan program. It displays too scaring messages that can really frighten users. When this program launches it displays a standard message window with the text:

 Please Wait.    Initialising...

In a moment it displays a dialog box with the following text:

Confirm Folder Delete
Are you sure you want to delete the folder [Windows] and all its contents ?
[Yes] [No]

The '[Windows]' reference designates the directory where Windows is installed. Regardless of a user's reaction, including sitting motionless afraid to touch any key, the program then displays the standard Explorer and 'File Deleting' windows and proceeds to emulate the file and folder deletion process. When the fake display indicates 'no files remaining', 'Jeb/Russ' displays the standard Windows shut-down menu with disabled (gray) [No] button and the following text:

Shut Down Windows
Windows has detected there is no system software on your computer

(*) Shut down the computer?
( ) Restart the computer?
( ) Close all programs and log on as a different user?

[Yes] [No] [Cancel]

The below message is then displayed:

Thank god this is only a game...

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