Poorly coded worm that tries to snare children
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The Pikachu worm was an attempt to fool children into destroying the contents of their parents' hard drives.
The worm e-mailed itself. The subject header was "Pikachu Pokemon" and the body was "Pikachu is your friend."
The attachment produced a dialog box that said "Between millions of people around the world I found you. Don't forget to remember this day every time MY FRIEND." - If the user has Microsoft Outlook the worm e-mails itself to everyone in the address book.
But it has another goody. If the user has an older Windows system (95, 98, or ME) it modifies autoexec.bat so that the hard drive would be wiped of all of its contents on the next reboot.
There's just one problem. During the reboot the computer prompts the user, asking if it's okay to delete everything from the hard drive. The authors forgot to disable the prompting!!!!
Not common anymore, since most people don't use old Windows 9x computers anymore.