Threat Description

Delwin

Details

Aliases: Delwin, Windel
Category: Malware
Type: Virus
Platform: W32

Summary



Delwin was found from Denmark in Spring 1995. It infects the MBR of the hard drive as well as all accessed EXE files. Delwin is a fast infector.

Delwin is also a full stealth virus, hiding all the changes to boot sectors and EXE files as long as it is resident.

The virus is encrypted and contains the text "DELWIN". Delwin activates when WIN.COM is executed. After this, it will modify the 'check-dos-version' service to always report v2.10. This will prevent many programs from being executed. Otherwise the virus is harmless.

Delwin.1759 got widespread circulation in May 1996 when an infected copy of the full version of 'Duke Nukem 3D' game was distributed via pirate systems.

There is also another variant, 1199 bytes in length.



Removal



Automatic Disinfection

Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.

For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.








Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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