Chile Mediera Virus
Virus Name: Chile Mediera
V Status: Rare
Discovery: June, 1993
Symptoms: .COM & .EXE file growth; system hangs; deletes AV programs;
decrease in total system & available free memory
Eff Length: 1,527 Bytes
Type Code: PRhAK - Parasitic Resident .COM & .EXE Infector
Detection Method: ViruScan, F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, Sweep, NAV,
NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV,
Sweep/N, AVTK/N, NProt, NAV/N, IBMAV/N, Innoc, NShld,
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Chile Mediera virus was submitted in June, 1993, and appears to
be from Chile. Chile Mediera is a memory resident infector of .COM
and .EXE programs, including COMMAND.COM. It interfers with the
functioning of several anti-viral packages by deleting or erasing
the anti-viral program's file(s).
When the first Chile Mediera infected program is executed, this
virus will install itself memory resident at the top of system
memory but below the 640K DOS boundary, hooking interrupt 21. Total
system and available free memory, as indicated by the DOS CHKDSK
program, will have decreased by 2,000 bytes. Interrupt 12's return
will not have been moved. Also at this time, the virus will infect
the copy of COMMAND.COM located in the C: drive root directory if
it was not previously infected.
Once the Chile Mediera virus is memory resident, it will infect
.COM and .EXE programs larger than approximately 10K when they are
executed or opened for any reason. Infected .COM and .EXE programs
will have a file length increase of 1,527 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 Chile Mediera viral code:
"CPW fue hecho en Chile en 1992,"
"VNA CHILE MIERDA!"
"GUARD guard CPAV SCAN CHKVIRUS CLEAN TOOLKIT
If the system user attempts to execute one of the anti-viral programs
listed in the last line of text strings above with the virus memory
resident, the Chile Mediera virus will delete or erase the file
from disk. If the anti-viral program happened to be located on a
write-protected diskette, a system hang will result.