Category: Malware

Type: Virus

Platform: DOS

Aliases: Porcupine, Farside, Weasel


This is a family of simple viruses which infect COM and EXE files.


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Technical Details

In some cases the 3008 byte variant displays this text:

For cryin'out loud!
     My circuits are haunted by the ghost of a porcupine. . .

The 3012 byte variant displays this text:

This program has been infected with a nondestructive virus !
     For an antivirus call (034).32.09.87 (with CHRIS)

The 3008 byte variant also contains this text which is never displayed:

FARSIDE virus 1.00 (C) Windom Earle ROMANIA

The 3008 byte variant was reported to be in the wild in Hungary in spring 1998.

[Eugene Kaspersky & Mikko Hypponen]

Description Created: 2006-01-01 14:56:34.0

Description Last Modified: 2006-01-01 00:00:00.0