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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Quandary

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Quandary
Technical name:Quandary
Threat level:Low
Alias:Parity.Boot,, IHC, Newboot, Newboot_1, Parity.enc, Quandry, WeRSilly
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It infects floppy disks and the boot sector of computers.

Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:July 10, 2008
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:GERMANY

Brief Description 

    

Quandary is a boot virus that infects the boot sector of floppy disks (Boot) and hard disks (Master Boot Record or MBR).

Quandary goes memory resident in order to infect the MBR of the hard disks connected to an infected computer and the floppy disks used on it.

When Quandary has infected a computer, all of the floppy disks used on the system will be infected, provided that they are not write-protected.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Quandary is easy to recognize, as computers infected by it have problems starting up.