Threat Description

Ping-Pong

Details

Aliases:Ping-Pong, Bouncing Ball
Category:Malware
Type:Virus
Platform: W32

Summary



The Ping-Pong virus (also called "Bouncing Ball" or "Italian") was probably the most common and best known boot sector virus for a while, although the Stoned virus now outnumbers it.



Removal


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

More

You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details



An infected diskette will contain 1K in "bad clusters".

When this virus activates, a small "ball" starts bouncing around the screen, but in most cases no serious damage occurs.

There is one small bug in the virus code, which causes a crash on '286 machines (and also V20, '386 and '486). The reason is that the author used the "MOV CS,AX" instruction, which only exists on '88 and '86 processors.


Variant:Typo

This variant appeared in Israel. There the effect of the virus has been drastically changed. Instead of displaying a bouncing ball, the virus introduces typing errors in all text going out to the printer.






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