Virus Name: Taurus
V Status: New
Discovered: July, 1994
Symptoms: .COM file growth
Eff Length: 358 Bytes
Type Code: PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, ViruScan, Sweep, NAVDX, VAlert,
AVTK/N, Sweep/N, NProt, NShld, IBMAV/N, NAV/N
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Taurus virus was received in July, 1994. Its origin or point of
isolation is unknown. Taurus is a non-resident, direct action
infector of .COM files, including COMMAND.COM.
When a program infected with the Taurus virus is executed, this virus
will infect one .COM file located in the current directory. Infected
programs will have a file length increase of 358 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 visible within the viral code:
"TAURUS (C) Prymityw 0.3"
Known variant(s) of Taurus are:
Taurus.1153: Received in January, 1996, this is a 1,153 byte
variant of the Taurus virus described above. It infects one
.COM file located in the current directory when an infected
program is executed. Infected files will have a file length
increase of 1,153 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 may or may not be encrypted within infected files:
"TAURUS (C) Prymityw 0.4"
Origin: Unknown January, 1996.