Joke.Stript

Joke.Stript

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

Behavior


When Joke.Stript is executed, it displays several fake Windows error messages. Then, this program will pretend to format the hard drive.

Symptoms


Several Windows error messages followed by a window pretending to format the hard drive.

Behavior


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

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 16 July 2017 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version 18 August 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version 17 July 2017 revision 004
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 18 August 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Joke.Stript is executed, it displays five fake Windows error messages. After the fifth error message, a message appears that asks whether you want to format the hard drive. However, only the Yes button can be clicked. The program will then pretend to format the hard drive, although it really does nothing at all.


  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Joke.Stript.
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.Stript, click Delete.