New generation viruses also infect data files
Something is happening again in the virus sector. As it has now become known, a programmer has drawn attention to himself with a new type of virus. For the first time it should be possible to get infected via non-executable files.
So far it was so that one Clicking on non-executable files, such as images or audio files, was safe and without fear of being infected with a virus. Now data files can also contain a virus. However, this virus with the designation W32/Perrun, which as far as is known has not yet left the laboratory, is only active with an additional program. As is so often the case, the virus can be spread as a mail attachment in the form of an executable file called 'Proof.exe'. When this file is started, the program 'EXTRK.EXE' is installed unnoticed, which in turn attaches a 12 KB 'virus' to data files such as JPG images or MP3 files, which is then activated by simply opening the images or audio The programmer wanted to show that it is very possible to spread viruses via data files. To this end, he sent his work to the manufacturer of antivirus software McAfee, probably to gain some fame. However, this attempt clearly shows , no file is safe from viruses. The future will tell what lies ahead.