Tai-Pan.438.A was first discovered in Sweden during the summer 1994. It has since spread to Europe, USA, Canada and also New Zealand.
Tai-Pan is quite a simple virus. It stays resident in memory and infects nearly all executed EXE files. It will not infect files that are larger than 64kB. Infected files grow by 438 bytes. Tai-Pan does not do anything apart from spreading itself, but it will make the infected machine unstable.
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.
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.
Tai-Pan is also known as Whisper. This is due to the text it contains '[Whisper presenterar Tai-Pan]'.
Variant:Tai-Pan.666 (DOOM_II_Death, D2D, Size:666)
This minor variant was found from Belgiëum in November 1994. After that it has been found in at least Scandinavia and Canada.
It contains the following text strings: