Virus Name: Industrial
V Status: In the wild
Discovered: July, 1996
Symptoms: .COM file growth
Eff Length: 1,841 Bytes
Type Code: PNC - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, ViruScan, NAV, NAVDX,
NProt, AVTK/N, IBMAV/N, NShld, NAV/N
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The Industrial virus was received in July, 1996, and is reported to
be "in the wild". Its origin or point of isolation is unknown.
This virus is a non-memory resident infector of .COM files, but not
When a program infected with the Industrial virus is executed, this
virus will infect one .COM file located in the current directory.
The selection of the file infected is in a more or less random
Programs infected with the Industrial virus will have a file length
increase of 1,841 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 viral code:
"Warning lights are flashing down at Quality Control"
"somebody threw a spanner and they threw him in the hold"
"there's rumors in the loading bay and anger in the town"
"Somebody blew the whistle and the walls came down"
"there's a meeting in the boardroom they're trying to
trace the smell"
"there's a leaking in the washroom there's a sneak in
"somewhere in the corridors someone was heard to sneeze"
"'goodness me could this be Industrial Disease?'"
"('Industrial Disease' by Mark Knopfler)."
"You should have protected your disk better - this could
have been a dangerous"
"virus. You have been lucky this time..."
"(As all other programs this virus is protected against
copying by federal law.)"
"Press any key to start your own program:"
One text string is visible within infected files: