Ping Pong Virus
Virus Name: Ping Pong
Aliases: Bouncing Ball, Boot, Bouncing Dot, Italian, Italian-A,
V Status: Common
Discovered: March, 1988
Symptoms: Graphic display (see text); TSR; BSC
Eff Length: N/A
Type Code: BRsF - Resident Boot Sector Infector
Detection Method: ViruScan, F-Prot, AVTK, NAV, Sweep,
IBMAV, NAVDX, VAlert, PCScan, ChAV
Removal Instructions: MDisk, F-Prot, NAV, or DOS SYS command
The Ping Pong virus is a boot sector virus which was first reported
in March 1988. The original Ping Pong virus only infects Floppy
Disks. Later variants of this virus also infect the hard disk
boot sector as well.
When the virus activates, which is on a random basis, a bouncing
ball or dot appears on the screen. This display can only be
stopped through a system reboot. No other damage is apparently
The original Ping Pong virus is extinct, though the hard disk
variant, Ping Pong-B listed below, is a common MS-DOS virus.
Known variant(s) of Ping Pong are:
Ping Pong-B: A later variant of the Ping Pong virus which can
infect hard disk boot sectors.
Origin: Unknown May, 1988.
Ping Pong-C: Similar to Ping Pong-B, this variant does not have
the bouncing ball screen effect.
Origin: Argentina June, 1990.