Donut is the first known virus implemented in the Microsoft C# and Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL). It targets binary files under Microsoft .NET architecture.
Sample of this virus was posted by the virus author directly to several anti-virus companies on January 9th, 2002.
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A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:
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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.
The virus itself is very simple and will never become a real-world problem.
The Donut virus is 8kB long. When executed, it infects all other .NET executables with .EXE extension in the current directory and directories above it.
After this, there's a one-in-ten chance the virus will show a dialog box with this text:
This cell has been infected by dotNET virus! .NET.dotNET by Benny/29A
The virus will then just exit. It doesn't stay in memory and will only spread further if an infected file is executed again.
The first fully .NET compliant operating system from Microsoft, known as 'Blackcomb', is estimated to ship in 2003.
Donut has not been found in the wild. It is not considered to pose any threat at the moment. Nevertheless, it's the first virus of its kind.
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