Virus Profile: W32/Smash

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 4/21/2000
Date Added: 5/2/2000
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Win32
DAT Required: 4077
Removal Instructions


This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.

Indication of Infection

Increase in size of infected files by 10,262 bytes.

On July 14th, infected systems may be unable to boot and/or display a message box with the following detail:

Virus Warning!
Your computer has been infected by virus
Virus name is 'SMASH', project D version 0x0A
Created and compiled by Domitor
Seems like your bad dream comes true

Methods of Infection

Once an infected file has been executed on the host system, all EXE files in the path will become infected.


Smash, W95/Smash.10262, Win95.Smash.10262

Virus Characteristics

Update - July 13, 2000:
This virus is not known to be in the wild at this time. AVERT has learned that some news reports are warning of this virus due to the date activation payload. AVERT Director Vincent Gullotto expresses that AVERT sees this as "more CAI/media hype".

This is a 32bit PE file virus. This virus will infect all files of PE type on the local system. This virus has a date activated payload which may damage the boot file IO.SYS. Infected systems may also experience a format of their hard drive.

All Users :
Script,Batch,Macro and non memory-resident:
Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

PE,Trojan,Internet Worm and memory resident :
Use specified engine and DAT files for detection. To remove, boot to MS-DOS mode or use a boot diskette and use the command line scanner:


Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations

Users should not trust file icons, particularly when receiving files from others via P2P clients, IRC, email or other mediums where users can share files.

AVERT Recommended Updates :

* Office2000 Updates

* Malformed Word Document Could Enable Macro to Run Automatically (Information/Patch )

* scriptlet.typelib/Eyedog vulnerability patch

* Outlook as an email attachment security update

* Exchange 5.5 post SP3 Information Store Patch 5.5.2652.42 - this patch corrects detection issues with GroupShield

For a list of attachments blocked by the Outlook patch and a general FAQ, visit this link .
Additionally, Network Administrators can configure this update using an available tool - visit this link for more information .

It is very common for macro viruses to disable options within Office applications for example in Word, the macro protection warning commonly is disabled. After cleaning macro viruses, ensure that your previously set options are again enabled.


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