Threat Description

DataCrime

Details

Aliases:DataCrime, Columbus Day
Category: Malware
Type:
Platform: W32

Summary



The DataCrime virus caused much panic around Oct. 13th 1989 when it was set to go off. Any infected program run on Oct. 13 or later in the year would format the first nine tracks of the hard disk and display the message

DATACRIME VIRUS RELEASED: 1 MARCH 1989

Two variants are known, 1168 and 1280 bytes.



Removal


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

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You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details




Variant:Datacrime II

This variant infects .EXE files as well. It is also a bit larger, 1514 bytes long and more complicated than the original virus. The latest variant, called DataCrime II-B is very similar to DataCrime II, but is only 1480 bytes long.






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