Virus Name: Kuang
Aliases: Aussie Parasite.Kuang
V Status: New
Discovered: January, 1995
Symptoms: hidden .COM files created with System, Hidden, Read-Only set;
decrease in available system memory (DOS 5.0)
Eff Length: 718 Bytes
Type Code: SRhE - Spawning Resident .EXE Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, ViruScan, Sweep, NAV, NAVDX, VAlert,
IBMAV, PCScan, ChAV,
AVTK/N, NShld, Sweep/N, NProt, NAV/N, IBMAV/N, Innoc 4.0+
Removal Instructions: Delete the 718 byte hidden .COM files containing
the viral code
The Kuang or Aussie Parasite.Kuang virus was received in January,
1995. Its origin or point of isolation is unknown. Kuang is a
memory resident companion or spawning virus which infects .EXE
programs by creating corresponding .COM files containing the
When the first Kuang infected program is executed, the Kuang virus
will install itself memory resident at the top of system memory but
below the 640K DOS boundary. Total available memory, as indicated
by the DOS CHKDSK program from DOS 5.0, will have decreased by
approximately 848 bytes. Interrupts 21 and 66 will be hooked by
the virus in memory.
Once the Kuang virus is memory resident, it will infect .EXE
programs when they are executed. The .EXE file is not altered,
instead the virus will create a .COM file with the same base
file name. These created .COM files will have a length of 718
bytes and the file date/time stamp in the DOS disk directory of
"02-20;6 10:02". The .COM files will not be visible in the DOS
disk directory listing as the virus sets the System, Hidden, and
Read-Only flags. The following text strings are visible within
the Kuang viral code located in the hidden .COM files:
"jANE is a bItcH"
"I wanna set of Mollys shades"
"Case lives.... Somewhere in the NET!"
"Kuang Virus 2.0"
"(C) 1992 Australian Parasite"
The Kuang virus can be disinfected by cold-booting the system from
an uninfected system disk, and deleting all of the 718 byte hidden
files containing the Kuang viral code. The user must be careful
to not execute any .EXE program in this process which has a
companion hidden .COM file.
See: Aussie Parasite