Threat Description




This is a joke program which was distributed in e-mail in April 1999.

The BOA.EXE attachment was sent by "" to a large distribution list in e-mail. BOA is a joke program which will close all open applications when run.


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.

Technical Details

When executed, the program will display this text:

  this is a funny trojan, Kinda annonying if you recieved it.. dont
  worry, it will just keep rebooting your pc in a FORCEBOOT it wont
  enter real dos mode, it will keep ending your windows till it reboots
  about 20 times lol... have fun.. its to get rid of, just dont run it
  again. dont worry it wont show up on anti-virus scanners cause its not
  a real virus, just neat trick that doesnt hurt anyone, but could if i
  would of had it do more than just reboot.. you should becareful what
  you get from an email >:)

If you receive BOA.EXE, do not execute or distribute it further.


Suspect a file or URL was wrongly detected? Submit a sample to our Labs for analysis

Submit Now

Give And Get Advice

Give advice. Get advice. Share the knowledge on our free discussion forum.

Learn More