Choke is a worm that utilises MSN Messenger for spreading. It sends itself using filenames like 'ShootPresidentBUSH.exe', 'choke.exe' and 'George.W.Bush@whitehouse.gov' as username.
Disinfection & Removal
F-Secure Anti-Virus with the latest updates detects and removes it. To remove it it's enough to delete the file 'c:\choke.exe'. If it's locked exit to DOS first then delete it.
When executed it copies itself to 'c:\choke.exe' and creates a key in the registry under
with the name 'Choke' and the value 'c:\choke.exe -blahhh' to ensure that it will be started at every system startup. After this it exits with and error message saying
'This program needs Flash 6.5 to run!'
It creates a file 'c:\about.txt' with this content:
Choke , Copyright 1886 ... A MAD CHRISTIAN --------------------------------------- Go talk swearwords about God You all will die, stupid humans. You fools didn't see what you have done Bye slut, go talk shit about me. (Call me a 'psychophatt', but I respect the Creator of life...) ' Consider your earth '
The worm sends messages to random ICQ users (using 'firstname.lastname@example.org') saying:
'Micro$oft invites you to use MSN Messenger!'
Technical Details: Gergely Erdelyi, F-Secure Corp.; June 2001