Virus Name: No_Hope
V Status: New
Discovered: January, 1996
Symptoms: .COM file growth; file date/time changes
Eff Length: 257 Bytes
Type Code: PNC - Parasitic Non-Resident .COM Infector
Detection Method: F-Prot, AVTK, IBMAV, ViruScan, NAV, NAVDX, ChAV,
NProt, AVTK/N, IBMAV/N, LProt, NShld, NAV/N, Innoc
Removal Instructions: Delete infected files
The No_Hope or No_Hope.258 virus was received in January, 1996,
along with one variant. No_Hope is a non-resident, direct action
infector of .COM files, but not COMMAND.COM.
When a program infected with the No_Hope virus is executed, this
virus will infect one .COM file located in the current directory.
Infected files will have a file length increase of 257 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 have been
updated to the current system date and time when infection occurred.
The following text strings are visible within the viral code:
Known variant(s) of No_Hope are:
No_Hope.258: Also received in January, 1996, this is a 258
Origin: Unknown January, 1996.