Virus Name: Talentless
V Status: Rare
Discovered: August, 1992
Symptoms: .COM & .EXE file growth
Eff Length: 1,077 Bytes
Type Code: PNAK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM & .EXE Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, Sweep, IBMAV, AVTK, ChAV,
ViruScan, NAV, NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan,
LProt, NShld, Sweep/N, Innoc, NProt, AVTK/N,
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Talentless virus was received in August, 1992. Its origin or
point of isolation is unknown. Talentless is a non-resident,
direct action .COM and .EXE infector. It will also infect
When a program infected with the Talentless virus is executed,
the Talentless virus may infect one .COM or .EXE program located
on the C: drive. The virus will start looking for a program to
infect in the C: drive root directory, and then move down through
the directory structure.
Programs infected with the Talentless virus will have a file
length increase of 1,077 bytes. The virus will be 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 visible in all Talentless infected programs:
"^^^^^^^^ COMMAND.COM *.COM *.EXE"
"Bad command or file name"
It is unknown if Talentless does anything besides replicate.