Tiny Family Virus
Virus Name: Tiny Family
Aliases: see below under "Known members"
V Status: Rare
Discovery: July, 1990
Symptoms: .COM file growth
Eff Length: 133 - 198 Bytes (see below)
Type Code: PRC - Parasitic Resident .COM Infector
Detection Method: ViruScan, AVTK, F-Prot, NAV, Sweep, IBMAV,
NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV,
NShld, LProt, Sweep/N, Innoc, NProt, AVTK/N,
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Tiny Family of viruses was received by the author in July 1990
from Vesselin Bontchev of Bulgaria. All the viruses in this
grouping share the same characteristics, with the only real
difference is the effective length of the viral code. There were
five (5) viruses included in the "family" as of July, 1990:
Tiny-158, Tiny-159, Tiny-160, Tiny-167, and Tiny-198. In October
1990, five (5) additional viruses in this family were received from
Vesselin Bontchev: Tiny-134, Tiny-138, Tiny-143, Tiny-154, and
Tiny-156. In December 1990, an eleventh member was added to this
family: Tiny-133. In March 1993, the twelveth member was added:
The first time a file infected with one of the Tiny Family viruses
is executed on a system, the virus will install itself memory
resident at memory segment 60h. This area of memory is normally
only used by DOS when the system is booted, after that it is never
used or referenced. Interrupt 21 will be hooked by the virus.
After the virus is memory resident, the virus will infect any .COM
program that is executed. Infected programs will have a file
length increase of between 134 - 198 bytes, depending on which
variant is present on the system. The file's date and time in the
directory will also have been updated to the system date and time
when the infection occurred.
The Tiny Family of viruses currently does not do anything but
The viruses in this "family" are not related to the Tiny Virus
Known members of the Tiny Family are:
Tiny-133: Similar to Tiny-134, this variant's effective length is
133 bytes. The bugs in Tiny-134 have been fixed, this
virus is an excellent replicator. This variant has also
been altered so that it cannot be detected by anti-viral
utilities which were aware of other members of this
Tiny-134: This variant's effective length is 134 bytes. This
variant is the only member of this family which is not a
very viable virus, it will usually hang the system when
it attempts to infect .COM files.
Tiny-138: Same as above, effective length is 138 bytes.
Tiny-143: Same as above, effective length is 143 bytes.
Tiny-143B: Tiny-143B was received in March, 1993, and is
similar to Tiny-143. It has been altered to avoid
detection by anti-viral programs familiar with Tiny-143.
Origin: Unknown March, 1993.
Tiny-154: Same as above, effective length is 154 bytes.
Tiny-156: Same as above, effective length is 156 bytes.
Tiny-158: Same as above, effective length is 158 bytes.
Tiny-159: Same as above, effective length is 159 bytes.
Tiny-160: Same as above, effective length is 160 bytes.
Tiny-167: Same as above, effective length is 167 bytes.
Tiny-198: Same as above, effective length is 198 bytes.
Tiny Family.Fred: Tiny Family.Fred was received in July, 1994. It
is a 255 byte member of this group of viruses. It adds 255
bytes to the .COM and .EXE programs it infects. Infected
programs will contain the following text string at the end of
Origin: Unknown July, 1994.
See: Dutch Tiny Micro 128 Mini-97 Tiny Virus