Threat Description

nul

Details

Aliases:nul, prn, lpt1, clock$
Category: Malware
Type:
Platform: W32

Summary



This is not a virus. Actually, the typical support query goes like this:

Question: I found a file called "nul" in my root directory. I can not access or delete it. Later I found it existed in each and every directory! This has to be a virus!

Answer: How did you find it? With which program?

Try locating in a same manner files with names such as "lpt1", "prn", "com1", "clock$" and you will see that they too exist in every directory and can not be accessed or deleted. This is normal and is a feature of DOS.

These are virtual names for system devices: prn for printer, nul for null port, clock$ for CMOS memory etc. Ignore them.



Removal


Automatic action

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

More

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








Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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