Exterminate It! Antimalware


Known threats:700,086 Last Update:March 16, 12:51


Dear Exterminate It,
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
Your response and the update has fixed my problem.
I have spent several weeks fiddling around trying to resolve it, and could not and my previous Anti-Virus program could find it but not fix it.


Sincerely yours,
Bountiful, Utah

David S. B.


Aliases of Delay.joke (AKA):

[Kaspersky]packed: Com2Exe
[McAfee]Delay joke, IQTest joke, Paranoia joke, Rabbit joke, Wordpad joke
[F-Prot]->finger.exe, ->readme.htm, joke program, Win/Joke.Delayprank
[Panda]Joke/KnijpMe, Joke/MovingMouse

How to Remove Delay.joke from Your Computer^

To completely purge Delay.joke from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with Delay.joke. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the Delay.joke files and folders, see the following section How to Delete Delay.joke Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete Delay.joke Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with Delay.joke are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the Delay.joke files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.


A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.

Be Aware of the Following Trojan Threats:

Semtex, Setrix, Pigeon.ADP, SillyDl.CJJ, Exploit.Mht.


Software that is designed to launch advertisements, frequently pop-up ads, on a user’s computer and/or to redirect search results to promotional Web sites. Adware programs are often built into freeware or shareware programs, where the adware creates an indirect ‘charge’ for using the free program. Sometimes a trojan can silently download an adware program from a Web site and install it onto a user’s machine.

Hacker tools, or Browser Hijackers, can also download an adware program by exploiting a web browser’s vulnerability. Browser Hijackers may tamper with the browser settings, redirect incorrect or incomplete URLs to unwanted Web sites, or change the default home page. They can also re-direct a user’s searches to “pay-to-view” (often pornographic) Web sites.

Typically, many adware programs do not leave any marks of their presence in the system: they are not listed on Start | Programs; they add no icons to the system tray; and they don’t show up on the task list. In addition, adware programs seldom provide an uninstallation procedure, and attempts at manually removing them frequently result in failure of the original carrier program.

Be Aware of the Following Adware Threats:

WinAd, Gratisware, AdClicker.Efreeclub, ABetterInternet.DrPMon, Mirar.Webband.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Delay.joke?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Delay.joke:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Delay.joke. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Delay.joke.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Delay.joke, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Delay.joke^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Delay.joke:

PC is working very slowly

Delay.joke can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Delay.joke.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Delay.joke can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Delay.joke may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Delay.joke may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Delay.joke may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.