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Baboon

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Baboon
Technical name:Baboon
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

Detection updated on:July 10, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Baboon is a boot virus that infects the boot sector of floppy disks (Boot) and hard disks (MBR). This virus goes into action on 11th September. Then, it attempts to wipe out the master boot record, thereby rendering the hard drive useless.

Visible Symptoms 

    

This virus incorporates a destructive paylaod that goes into action when the system date stamp matches 11th September. Once the virus has carry out certain previous actions, it goes on to wipe out the Master Boot Record completely. As a result of this, the hard disk will become unuseable.