Gollum Virus

 Virus Name:  Gollum 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovered:  January, 1995 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 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, 
                    Innoc 4.0+ 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       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" 
           "*.COM COMMAND.COM" 
       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. 

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