Caustic Virus

 Virus Name:  Caustic 
 Aliases:     Caustic.601 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovery:   January, 1996 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  601 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method: ChAV, F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, ViruScan, NAV, NAVDX, 
                   Innoc, AVTK/N, IBMAV/N, NShld, NAV/N 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Caustic or Caustic.601 virus was received in January, 1996. 
       Its origin or point of isolation is unknown.  Caustic is a 
       non-resident, direct action infector of .COM files, including 
       When a program infected with the Caustic virus is executed, this 
       virus will infect two .COM files in the current directory. 
       Infected files will have a file length increase of 601 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 encrypted within the 
       viral code: 
           "[CAUSTiC GRiP] By Spectral Shadow (c) 1994" 
           ".. *.COM" 

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