Hot Virus

 Virus Name:  Hot 
 Aliases:     Hot.130 
 V Status:    Viron 
 Discovered:  July, 1994 
 Symptoms:    .COM file corruption; file date/time changes; 
              programs fail to function properly; 
              execution of programs on diskette may hang system 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 Eff Length:  130 Bytes OW 
 Type Code:   ONC - Non-Resident Overwriting .COM Infector 
 Detection Method:  F-Prot, AVTK, ViruScan, Sweep, NAV, NAVDX, 
                    VAlert, IBMAV, ChAV, 
                    Sweep/N, NProt, NShld, AVTK/N, NAV/N, IBMAV/N, Innoc 4.0+ 
 Removal Instructions:  Delete infected files 
 General Comments: 
       The Hot virus was received in July, 1994.  Its origin or point of 
       isolation is unknown.  Hot is a non-resident, direct action 
       overwriting virus which infects .COM programs located on the C: 
       drive.  It does not infect COMMAND.COM.  Attempts to execute infected 
       programs from the system diskette drives may result in a system 
       hang with the drive spinning. 
       When a program infected with the Hot virus is executed, the Hot virus 
       will infect one .COM file located in the current directory if that 
       directory is located on the C: drive.  Infected programs will have the 
       first 130 bytes overwritten by the viral code, and the file's date and 
       time in the DOS disk directory listing will have been updated to the 
       current system date and time when infection occurred.  The following 
       text strings are visible within the viral code in all infected 
               "\ *.C*" 
               "This is hot!" 
       The Hot virus permanently corrupts the .COM programs it infects. 

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