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Junkie

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Junkie
Technical name:Junkie Boot
Threat level:Low
Alias:Junkie; Junkie.A; Junkie.mp.1027; Junkie-1027; Dr.White, Dr.White.1027
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects the boot sector of floppy disks and hard disks and it prevents users from starting the computer properly.

Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:Jan. 1, 1994
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:SWEDEN

Brief Description 

    

Junkie is a virus that uses a compressed file called PSPTC.ZIP to spread. This file is a program that would supposedly allow users to obtain copies of a game called Pacific Strike. However, this program contains a program called PSTATCH.COM, which contains the virus.

This virus can activate on starting the computer from an infected floppy disk, or when the PSTATCH.COM file is executed.

Junkie is a dangerous virus, as it infects executable files and the boot sector of floppy disks and hard disks, thereby causing start-up problems.

Visible Symptoms 

    

The main visible symptom is that infected computers have problems starting.