1. Symantec/
  2. Security Response/
  3. Joke.Playball


February 13, 2007 11:37:16 AM
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Joke.Playball is a joke program in the form of a .chm (Help) file. It displays a picture and plays sounds.


If you open the Help file that it detects as Joke.Playball , it opens your Web browser and displays a picture of a woman's face. The picture appears to be of the "horror" genre. It has red eyes and a trickle of blood from the mouth.
  • If you click the picture, it plays the sounds of a woman screaming.
  • If you close the window, it opens the Web browser again. The picture is displayed again, but this time it is smaller. Also, the picture moves around the browser window. This repeats each time that you close it, with the picture getting smaller and moving faster with each cycle.

    You can close the program from the Windows task bar, or by restarting the computer.


Joke.Playball a stand-alone program.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 2, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 1, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 27, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 17, 2008 revision 033
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 28, 2004
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