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.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.