Threat Description

Purcyst

Details

Aliases:Purcyst
Category:Malware
Type:Virus
Platform: W32

Summary



This is a boot virus. One unusual feature of this virus is that it infects both MBR and DBR on hard drives.

This virus also modified the CMOS settings of the machine in order to spoof a clean boot. Check that your drive A: settings are correct in CMOS Setup before booting clean and disinfecting the virus.

The code of the virus contains this text:

PUR'CYST

Otherwise the virus only spreads.



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.








Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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