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Tequila Boot

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Tequila Boot
Technical name:Tequila Boot
Threat level:Low
Alias:Tequila.A.MBR
Type:Virus
Effects:  It  infects executable files and the boot sector. It displays a graph and a message on screen.

Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:Jan. 1, 1991
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:LIECHTENSTEIN

Brief Description 

    

Tequila Boot is a MS-DOS virus that infects:

  • Files with an EXE extension.
  • The boot sector of hard disks (Master Boot Record or MBR).

Tequila Boot goes memory resident, and waits for the affected computer to run files with an EXE extension in order to infect them.

When it activates, Tequila Boot displays a colored Mandelbrot fractal (that is, a graphic simulation of a complex number) with ASCII characters.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Tequila Boot is easy to identify as, when it activates, it displays the following image, a fractal (graphic simulation of a complex number) with ASCII characters:

In addition, it then displays the following texts on screen:

  • mov ax, FE03 / INT 21. Key to go on!
  • Welcome to T.TEQUILA's latest production.
    Contact T.TEQUILA/P.o.Box 543/6312 St'hausen/Switzerland. Loving thoughts to L.I.N.D.A
    BEER and TEQUILA forever !