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Fathermac

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Fathermac
Technical name:Fathermac.39872
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:  It generates resident viruses

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Jan. 6, 1994
Detection updated on:June 4, 2003
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Fathermac is not a virus, but rather a program that allows users to create viruses.

The viruses created using Fathermac are resident viruses and infect executable files with a COM extension.

Fathermac allows user to assign different characteristics to the viruses created:

  • It is possible to define if the files targeted by the virus will be infected when they are run or when opened.
  • The viruses generated can be encrypted.
  • It can insert junk code (which makes it possible to create viruses that are difficult to detect).