master boot record

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master boot record

The first sector on the hard disk, which contains a tiny program and the disk's partition table. When the program is executed, it determines which partition contains the active operating system and branches to the boot program in that partition's boot sector to load it. See boot sector.
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Virus A program or code that replicates--that is, infects another program, boot sector, partition sector, of document that supports macros by inserting itself or attaching itself to that medium.
It is a stealth (tries to remain inconspicuous), multipartite (infects the partition sector of hard drives, the boot sector of floppy drives and executable files), polymorphic (changes with each infection incident in order to avoid detection) virus, otherwise known as a SPAM virus.
Misalignment of the logical partition sectors and actual physical sectors leads to redundant read/write operations, which results in a critical decrease in I/O performance and drive longevity.