Storyteller Virus

 Virus Name:  Storyteller 
 V Status:    Rare 
 Discovered:  October, 1993 
 Symptoms:    .EXE file growth; file date/time changes; message displayed; 
              TSR; system may run out of memory 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  3,184 - 3,196 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PRsE - Parasitic Resident .EXE Infector 
 Detection Method:  ViruScan, F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, Sweep, NAV, NAVDX, 
                    VAlert, PCScan, ChAV, 
                    NShld, Sweep/N, Innoc, IBMAV/N, AVTK/N, NProt, NAV/N, 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Storyteller virus was submitted in October, 1993.  Its origin 
       or point of isolation is unknown.  Storyteller is a memory resident 
       infector of .EXE programs, though it does not infect very small 
       When the first Storyteller virus infected program is executed, the 
       Storyteller virus will install itself memory resident as a low system 
       memory TSR of 3,568 bytes.  Interrupts 08, 16, 21, and FB will be 
       hooked by the virus in memory.  The virus will install an additional 
       copy of itself in memory each time an infected program is executed, 
       so in the case of advanced infections, the system will eventually 
       run out of memory. 
       Once the Storyteller virus is memory resident, it will infect .EXE 
       programs when they are executed.  Infected .EXE programs will have 
       a file length increase of 3,184 to 3,196 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 have been updated to the current 
       system date and time when infection occurred.  The following text 
       string is visible within the viral code in all Storyteller infected 
       Occassionally, the Storyteller virus will display the following text 
       within a box on the system monitor: 
               "Sitting on a grassy,beneath one of 
                the window of the church,was a little 
                girl.With her head bent back she was 
                gazing up at the sky and singing,while 
                one of her little hands was pointing 
                to the a tiny cloud that hovered like 
                a golden feather above her head.So co- 
                mpletely absorbed was she in watching 
                the cloud to which her string song or 
                incantation seemed addressed,that she 
                did not observe me when I rose and went 
                toward her.As I slowly approached the 
                child,I could see by her forehead,which in 
                the sunshine seemed like a globe of 
                pearl,and especially by her complexion 
                that she was uncommonly lovely.Her eyes 
                --which at one moment seemed blue_gray, 
                at another violet,were shaded by long 
                black lashes,curving backword in a most 
                peculiar way,and these matched in hue 
                her eyebrows, and the trees that were 
                tossed about her tender throat and were 
                quivering in the sunlight.Gradully the 
                other features,especially the sensitive 
                full-lipped mouth,grew upon me as I st- 
                ood silently gazing. Here seemed to me 
                a more perfect beauty than had ever co- 
                me to me in my loveliest dreams of bea- 
                uty.Yet it was not her beauty so much 
                as the look she gave me that facinsted 
                me , melted me........" 
       This text is encrypted within the viral code, as are the following 
       text strings: 
                "By   :     Theodore Watts-Dunton" 
                "Sir  .       Press any key" 

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