Threat Description

Fur Elise


Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Fur Elise


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.

More scanning & removal options

More information on scanning or removal options is available in the documentation for your F-Secure security product on the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.

You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

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Technical Details:Mikko Hypponen


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