Padded Virus

 Virus Name:  Padded 
 V Status:    Rare 
 Discovery:   March, 1992 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  1,589 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method:  ViruScan, F-Prot, Sweep, AVTK, IBMAV, 
                    NAV, NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV, 
                    Sweep/N, LProt, Innoc, NProt, NShld, IBMAV/N, 
                    AVTK/N, NAV/N 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Padded virus was submitted in March, 1992.  Its origin is 
       unknown.  Padded is a non-resident direct action infector of 
       .COM programs, including COMMAND.COM. 
       When a program infected with the Padded virus is executed, the 
       Padded virus will infect one .COM program in the current directory. 
       If COMMAND.COM is located in this directory, it may become 
       infected.  Programs infected with the Padded virus will have a 
       file length increase of 1,589 bytes with the virus being located 
       at the end of the infected file.  The program's date and time in 
       the DOS disk directory listing will not be altered. 
       There are several text strings which can be seen within the viral 
       code in Padded infected programs: 
               "\ ENU \TENNIS" 
       It is unknown what Padded may do besides replicate. 
       Known variant(s) of Padded are: 
       Padded-B: Functionally similar to the original virus, this 
                 variant was received in April, 1992.  The text strings 
                 have been changed to: 
                 "\ ODS \ STRIP R" 
                 "MRA.V2E  CAR" 
                 Origin:  Unknown  April, 1992 
       See:   Generic   Hominy 

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