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Threat LevelModerate threat
DistributionNot widespread
Common name:Michelangelo
Technical name:Michelangelo
Threat level:Low
Effects:  It infects the boot sector of floppy disks and hard disks. On March 6, it deletes information from the hard disk. It prevents the computer from starting up correctly.

Affected platforms:


Detection updated on:July 10, 2008
Country of origin:SWEDEN

Brief Description 


Michelangelo is a boot virus that infects the boot sector of floppy disks and of hard disks.

Michelangelo has a very destructive payload, as on March 6th, it deletes information from the hard disk, thus making it irretrievable.

Michelangelo infects the hard disk of a computer when it is booted from a floppy disk that is infected with this virus. From then on, all of the floppy disks used on that computer will be infected and it will have problems starting up.

Visible Symptoms 


The main visible symptom is that infected computers have problems starting from March 6th.

In addition, information from the hard disk is lost.