Threat Description

Ph33r

Details

Aliases:Ph33r
Category:Malware
Type:Virus
Platform: W32

Summary



This was the first virus that infected both DOS and Windows programs correctly.



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 also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details



When an infected files is executed either in DOS or Windows, the virus stays resident in memory and infects COM and EXE files when they are accessed.

Ph33r will not infect files which have the letters AN, AV or OT in their name (thus avoiding programs like SCAN, AVP, NAV, MSAV, TBAV, F-PROT...).

Ph33r virus was reported in the wild in Belgium in early 1996.

The WordMacro/Nuclear macro virus attempts to drop this virus into an infected system, but fails.






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