This is a family of simple viruses which infect COM and EXE files.
Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either automatically delete, quarantine or rename the detected program or file, or ask you for a desired action.
Security programs will sometimes unintentionally identify a clean program or file as malicious if its code or behavior is similar to a known harmful program or file. This is known as a False Positive. In most cases, a False Positive is fixed in a subsequent database release.
Usually, updating your F-Secure security product to use the latest database is enough to resolve the issue. You can check by first updating your F-Secure security product to use the latest detection database updates, then rescanning the file.
After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it to F-Secure Labs for re-analysis.
NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you will need to first collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.
If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.
Find the latest advice in our Community Knowledge Base.
See the manual for your F-Secure product on the Help Center.
Submit a file or URL for further analysis.
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