Threat Description

Fur Elise


Aliases:Fur Elise
Category: Malware
Platform: W32


We are not aware of any virus that would play the song "Fur Elise". However, some PC motherboards play this tune when there is a hardware problem. Check your motherboard manual.

For more info, see the homepage of Diamond Flower Instrument: :

Musical Warning
  Damage Free Intelligence (D.F.I.) is a feature we have added
  to our newer motherboards to warn users of some classes of
  hardware related problems.  It is a warning system on the
  motherboard that plays a warning tune if certain hardware
  problems are detected.
  Some users hear strange music coming out of the PC speaker and
  think they have been hit by a virus - they scan the hard drive
  multiple times and reformat it, but it just will not go away.
  The user now thinks that they have been infected by a virus
  that no virus scanning software can detect today.  This is not
  the case at all.
  The standard alarm/tune/music that they may hear is a
  variation on "Fur Elise." Our production motherboards use this
  tune whereas pre-production/prototype boards may use other
  sound chips.
  There are three main sets of reasons that the alarm/tune is
  playing - Processor, Heatsink/Fan and Power Supply related.


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: Mikko Hypponen


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