Reset Virus

 Virus Name:  Reset 
 Aliases:     Omega, Friday-13th-440 
 V Status:    Rare 
 Discovery:   October, 1991 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth; Very long disk accesses 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  440 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method:  ViruScan, Sweep, AVTK, F-Prot, ChAV, 
                    NAV, IBMAV, NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, 
                    NShld, LProt, Sweep/N, Innoc, NProt, AVTK/N, 
                    NAV/N, IBMAV/N 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Reset virus was submitted in November, 1991.  Its origin and 
       point of original discovery is unknown.  This virus is a non- 
       resident, direct action infector of .COM files, including 
       When a program infected with the Reset virus is executed, the 
       virus will search the current drive's directory structure looking 
       for .COM programs to infect.  Each uninfected .COM file encountered 
       will be infected by the virus.  Once the virus has completed 
       infecting the current drive, it will search the C: drive in the 
       same manner.  Since the virus searches the entire drive, a long 
       period of disk access will occur when the user attempts to execute 
       any infected programs. 
       Programs infected with the Reset virus will have increased in size 
       by 440 bytes.  The virus will be located at the end of the infected 
       file.  One text string can be found within the viral code in 
       infected programs:  "*.COM". 
       Reset does not appear to do anything besides replicate. 

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