Particle Man Virus

 Virus Name:  Particle Man 
 V Status:    Rare 
 Discovered:  September, 1992 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth; overwrites C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT & C:\CONFIG.SYS 
 Origin:      New Mexico, United States 
 Eff Length:  690 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM  Infector 
 Detection Method:  ViruScan, F-Prot, IBMAV, Sweep, AVTK, VAlert, 
                    NAV, NAVDX, PCScan, ChAV, 
                    NShld, Sweep/N, NProt, AVTK/N, IBMAV/N, Innoc, 
                    NAV/N, Innoc 4.0+ 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Particle Man virus was discovered in the State of New Mexico in 
       the United States in September, 1992.  Particle Man is a non- 
       resident, direct action infector of .COM programs, including 
       When a program infected with the Particle Man virus is executed, 
       the Particle Man will infect all .COM programs located in the 
       current directory, as well as overwriting the AUTOEXEC.BAT and 
       CONFIG.SYS files.  Programs infected with the Particle Man virus 
       will have a file length increase of 690 bytes with the virus being 
       located at the end of the file.  The file's date and time in the 
       DOS disk directory listing will not be changed.  The following 
       text strings are encrypted within the virus, and are not visible 
       in infected .COM programs: 
               "Particle man, particle man 
                Doing the things a particle can 
                What's he like? It's not important 
                Particle man Is he a dot, or is he a speck? 
                When he's underwater does he get wet? 
                Or does the water get him instead? 
                Nobody knows, Particle man 
                (c) Copyright Drizzt Do'Urden '92" 
               "*.COM *.* .. 
       Particle Man doesn't appear to do anything besides replicate, 
       though its overwriting the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files 
       will result in system boot problems. 
       Known variant(s) of Particle Man are: 
       Particle Man 2: Functionally equivalent to the original virus, 
                       this is a minor variant. 
                       Origin:  New Mexico, United States  September, 1992. 

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