Pepper Virus

 Virus Name:  Pepper 
 Aliases:     Pepper.529 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovered:  January, 1996 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  529 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNC - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method: AVTK, VAlert, PCScan, NAV, NAVDX, ViruScan, IBMAV, 
                   F-Prot, ChAV, 
                   AVTK/N, NAV/N, NShld, IBMAV/N, LProt, NProt, Innoc 4.0+ 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Pepper or Pepper.529 virus was received in January, 1996.  Its 
       origin or point of isolation is unknown.  Pepper is a non-resident, 
       direct action infector of .COM files, but not COMMAND.COM. 
       When a program infected with the Pepper virus is executed, this 
       virus will infect one .COM file located in the current directory. 
       Infected files will have a file length increase of 529 bytes with 
       the virus being located at the end of the file.  The program's date 
       and time in the DOS disk directory listing will not be altered.  The 
       following text strings are encrypted within the viral code: 
           "[pepper] yesterday once more" 
       It is unknown what the Pepper virus may do besides replicate. 

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