Always.2000

Classification

Malware

Virus

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Always.2000

Summary

This virus is a polymorphic virus infecting COM and EXE files when they are executed.

Always virus activates on random dates during 1997. When it activates, the virus deletes these system files, making the PC unbootable:

C:\IO.SYS C:\MSDOS.SYS C:\CONFIG.SYS

After this, the virus displays this message:

DOS/4GW Professional Protected Mode Run-time
Version 1.95





Copyright (c) Rational Systems, Inc. 1990-1993





Getto Virus
Version 1.0b
Copyright (C) 1995,96 by Geci Allat





This Getto requirest 80286 or better processor





Formating Hard Disk #1 [...................]





Formating Hard Disk #2 [...................]





Ready.





gEtTo
Always the Best!
MS-SUX Destroyer

However, the virus does not format any drives. It is possible to recover the drive by booting from a non-infected system disk with the same version of DOS or Windows as on hard drive and using SYS C: from it.

The virus also contains this text, which is never displayed:

Tested with F-Prot v2.22 and TBAV700

Always was reported to be in the wild in Hungary in December 1996.

Removal

Automatic action

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  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

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    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    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.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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