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PC virus completes 20 years

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Posted January 19, 2006 by admin in News

Today, 19 January is the 20th anniversary for the appearance of the first PC virus. Brain, a boot sector virus, was let loose in January 1986 and spread via infected floppy disks.

This virus?is thought?to have originated in Pakistan and?at the time there were suspicions that it was created as a way to promote a company called Brain Computer Services, as its name and address would appear inside of the virus.

The "original" Brain was considered fairly harmless, as its major effect was a change of the volume label. Only one harmful variant has been reported, which attacked on May 5, 1992.

Nowadays Brain is extinct.

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