Virus Name: Gollum
V Status: New
Discovered: January, 1995
Symptoms: .COM file growth
Eff Length: 662 Bytes
Type Code: PNC - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, ViruScan, Sweep, NAV, IBMAV,
NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV,
AVTK/N, NShld, Sweep/N, NProt, NAV/N, IBMAV/N, LProt,
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Gollum virus was received in January, 1995. Its origin or
point of isolation is unknown. Gollum is a non-resident, direct
action infector of .COM files, but not COMMAND.COM.
When a program infected with the Gollum virus is executed, this
virus will infect one .COM file located in the current directory,
but not COMMAND.COM. Programs infected with the Gollum virus will
have a file length increase of 662 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 Gollum viral code:
"Gollum v1.00, by Thanatos989"
The first of these text strings will appear in infected files
starting in the fourth byte of the file.
It is unknown what the Gollum virus does besides replicate.