Cannabis.357 Virus

 Virus Name:  Cannabis.357 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovery:   January, 1996 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth; message displayed 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  357 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method: ChAV, F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, NAV, NAVDX, ViruScan 2.54+, 
                   Innoc, AVTK/N, IBMAV/N, NAV/N, NShld 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Cannabis.357 virus was received in January, 1996.  Its origin 
       or point of isolation is unknown.  It is a non-resident, direct 
       action infector of .COM files, including COMMAND.COM. 
       When a program infected with the Cannabis.357 virus is executed, 
       this virus will infect the first .COM file in the current directory, 
       regardless of whether it was previously infected by this virus. 
       As a result, multiple infections of the virus may be present on 
       the file.  Once the virus has infected the file, it will display 
       the following message on the system monitor: 
           "LEGALIZE CANNABIS!!" 
       Programs infected with the Cannabis.357 virus will have a file 
       length increase of 357 bytes for each infection of the virus 
       present on the file.  The virus will be located at the beginning 
       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: 
           "LEGALIZE CANNABIS!!" 
           "This Program is too stoned to operate correctly" 

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