Xanax worm is a worm on Microsoft Windows that is quite odd, in that other than spreading, it seems to serve little purpose other than pushing the same-titled pharmaceutical drug. It is a mass mailer worm.
When the file is executed, the worm mass mails itself to all of the user's contacts with the following message:
Subject: Stressed? Try Xanax! Body: Hi there! Are you so stressed that it will make you ill? You're not alone! Many people suffer from stress, these days. Maybe you find Prozac too strong? Then you NEED to try Xanax, its milder. Still not convinced? Check out the medical details in the attached file. Xanax might change your life! Attachment Name: xanax.exe
Every time the user runs a Xanax infected program and the second to last letter is an 'R', it display the following message:
8-Chloro-1-methyl-6-phenyl-4H-s-triazolo (4,3-alpha)(1,4) benzodiazepine
It also creates a batch file called winstart that can't be edited. If the user runs the file, it show the following message:
Do not take this medication with ethanol, Buspar (buspirone), ICA antidepressants, narcotics, or other CNS antidepressants. This combination can increase CNS depression. Be sure not to take other sedative, benzodiazepines, or sleeping pills with this drug. The combinations could be fatal. Do not smoke or drink alcohol when taking Xanax. Alcohol can lower blood pressure and decrease your breathing rate to the point of unconsciousness. Tabacco and marijuana smoking can add to the sedative effects of Xanax.