boot virus

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boot virus definition


An MS-DOS virus that infects the boot record program on hard disks and floppy disks or the master boot record on hard disks. The virus gets loaded into memory before MS-DOS and takes control of the computer, infecting any floppy disks subsequently accessed. An infected boot disk may stop the computer starting up at all.
(1995-02-16)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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