Quandary

Classification

Malware

Virus

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Quandary, Parity.enc, Parity.Boot.Enc, IHC, Newboot, Newboot_1, WeRSilly, Quandry

Summary

IBM Germany distributed a number of infected original diskettes in January 1996. The program in question was "VoiceType Vokabular". It was shipped on permanently write-protected floppies, which were infected with a boot sector virus.

Since this virus is pretty new, there's still some confusion about the name. F-Secure anti-virus products starting from F-PROT 2.21 detect it as 'Newboot_1', but the CARO name has been decided to be 'Quandary'. Other names for this virus are Parity.Boot.Enc and IHC.

The virus itself is very simple, basic boot sector virus. The only unusual thing about it is that it infects the MBR of all hard drives connected to a system, including the non-bootable slave drives.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

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:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    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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Technical Details

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