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CheapExe is a simple virus which infects EXE files when it is executed. The virus does not stay resident in memory. The virus is encrypted with a variable key.

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Technical Details

CheapExe contains this text, which is never displayed:

I loved you,  I always loved you,  but it was nothing but a waste
   of time. May  you  burn  in  the  Hell,  if  it  really  exists, my
   little  slut, or   suffer  what  you  made  my   fragile   and
   tender  heart   suffer. This  should  be  the  right  Doom  for
   each  fucking  cheater  ......... if  it  was,  it  wouldn't  be
   this  one  the  Hell. Ti amavo poiche' mi facevi
   tenerezza....adesso ti odio poiche' mi fai schifo a proposito:
   Tanti Auguri, Valentina
  ChEaPeXe v1.0
   ...by WarBlaDe/LT...

CheapExe is probably written in Italy. It was reported to be in the wild in Finland in December 1996.

Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure

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