No_Hope Virus

 Virus Name:  No_Hope 
 Aliases:     No_Hope.257 
 V Status:    New 
 Discovered:  January, 1996 
 Symptoms:    .COM file growth; file date/time changes 
 Origin:      Unknown 
 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 
 General Comments: 
       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 
           byte variant. 
           Origin: Unknown  January, 1996. 

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