- August 11, 1999
- February 13, 2007 11:34:21 AM
W32.Kriz was first discovered in the Fall of 1999. The virus infects files on Windows 95/98 systems.
The virus has a dangerous payload that triggers on December 25 of any year. The payload is designed to overwrite files on the floppy disk, hard disk, RAM disk, and network drives. It also clears the information stored on the BIOS. This payload is similar to the W95.CIH virus.
In October 2000, Symantec Security Response received an increase in submissions of the virus. Symantec Security Response believes that the spread of W32.Kriz gained momentum when several widespread worms were infected by W32.Kriz and helped spread the virus.
Antivirus Protection Dates
Initial Rapid Release version August 17, 1999
Latest Rapid Release version August 8, 2016 revision 023
Initial Daily Certified version August 17, 1999
Latest Daily Certified version August 9, 2016 revision 001
Initial Weekly Certified release date August 17, 1999
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Writeup By: Eric Chien