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Joke.Madcow

Joke.Madcow

Updated:
13 February 2007
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
Madcow.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


When Joke.Madcow is executed, it displays a window containing two cows.

Symptoms


A file is detected as Joke.Madcow.

Behavior


This joke consists of one file that must be manually executed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 03 November 2019 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 18 August 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version 04 November 2019 revision 060
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 18 August 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When this joke program is executed on the system, it displays a window with two cows. The window contains text written in a language that uses double-byte characters, most likely an Asian language.

If the cows are clicked on, this joke program will play a sound through the speakers.


  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Joke.Madcow .
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater" for detailed instructions.

2. Scanning for and deleting the infected files
  1. Start Norton AntiVirus and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files. For more information, read the document, "How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files."
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as infected with Joke.Madcow, click Delete.