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Short for Master Boot
Record, a small program that is
executed when a computer boots up.
Typically, the MBR resides on the first sector of the hard disk. The
program begins the boot process by looking up the partition table to
determine which partition
to use for booting. It then transfers program control to the boot
sector of that partition, which continues the boot process. In DOS and Windows systems,
you can create the MBR with the FDISK /MBR command.
An MBR virus is a common type of virus that replaces the MBR with its own code. Since the MBR executes every time a computer is started, this type of virus is extremely dangerous. MBR viruses normally enter a system through a floppy disk that is installed in the floppy drive when the computer is started up. Even if the floppy disk is not bootable, it can infect the MBR.
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