Realize Virus

 Virus Name:  Realize 
 Aliases:     Realize.498 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovery:   July, 1995 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Sweden 
 Eff Length:  498 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, VAlert, Sweep, ViruScan, IBMAV, 
                   NAV, NAVDX, ChAV, 
                   Sweep/N, IBMAV/N, NShld, NProt, NAV/N, AVTK/N, Innoc 4.0+ 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Realize or Realize.498 virus was received in July, 1995.  It 
       appears to be from Sweden.  Realize is a non-resident, direct 
       action infector of .COM files, including COMMAND.COM. 
       When a program infected with the Realize virus is executed, this 
       virus will infect up to five .COM files located in the current 
       directory.  Host programs which were originally larger than 498 
       bytes in length will have a file length increase of 498 bytes while 
       programs which were smaller than 498 bytes will become 996 bytes 
       in length.  The virus will be located at the beginning of the file. 
       The file's date and time in the DOS disk directory listing will not 
       be altered.  The following text strings are visible within the viral 
           "WHAT? I gotta die before you [realiZe] I was a nigga with 
            open eyes.Don't you hear the guns you stupid, dumb, dicksuckin, 
            bum politicians![realiZe] - THE LOST FREEDOM / SWEDEN" 
       The "PK" text string can be found starting in the fourth byte of 
       all infected files. 

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