Hominy Virus

 Virus Name:  Hominy 
 V Status:    Rare 
 Discovered:  April, 1992 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth 
 Origin:      Australia 
 Eff Length:  1,589 Bytes 
 Type Code:   PNCK - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector 
 Detection Method:  ViruScan, F-Prot, Sweep, AVTK, NAV, 
                    IBMAV, NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV, 
                    NShld, Sweep/N, LProt, Innoc, NProt, IBMAV/N, 
                    AVTK/N, NAV/N 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Hominy virus was submitted in April, 1992.  It is originally from 
       Australia.  Hominy is a non-resident, direct action infector of .COM 
       programs, including COMMAND.COM. 
       When a program infected with the Hominy virus is executed, this 
       virus will infect one .COM program located in the current 
       directory.  Infected programs will have a file length increase of 
       1,589 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.  Infected programs can be identified manually 
       by checking to determine if the first three bytes of the program 
       match the last three bytes of the program. 
       The following text strings appear in the viral code in Hominy 
       infected programs: 
               "GAMES   COM" 
               "RASTAN  RJ" 
               "\  S S\DR SS" 
       It is unknown what Hominy does besides replicate. 
       Known variant(s) of Hominy are: 
       Hominy-B: Functionally equivalent to the original Hominy virus, 
               the text strings in this variant have been changed to: 
               "CINACT.LOG P" 
               "\ TRIP ARK" 
               Origin:  Australia  May, 1992. 
       See:  Padded 

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