Threat Description



Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: GHOST.EXE, GHOST.EXE False Alarm


In addition to the traditional e-mail chain letter hoaxes, several innocent programs have received lots of publicity lately as they have been accused of being trojans or viruses.


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.

Contact Support

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Technical Details

The first example of these programs was GHOST.EXE. This is a Windows demonstration program which displayed a graveyard and a set of ghosts in a window. On Friday the 13th, the title of the screen was changed to 'Happy Friday the 13th!' and the ghosts started flying around the Windows desktop. This program was analysed and found harmless.


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