Direct Action Virus

Direct action viruses attack certain kind of files, commonly .exe and .com by attaching itself to such files.

the primary purpose of this virus is to replicate and affect files in folders. It also infects those in directories attached with the AUTOEXEC.BAT file path.

The direct action virus is a non-resident virus (it doesn’t install itself or remain hidden in computer’s memory) and is a file-infecting type of virus (A file-infecting virus is a type of malware that infects executable files with the intent to cause permanent damage or make them unusable) categorized as Executable virus. It selects one or more files to infect each time the code is executed.

How Direct Action Viruses Work

Once this virus gets attached to a file, the virus can spread to other existing files and can render them inaccessible. While the direct action virus can hinder the ability to access files on the computer, they are not usually able to delete files entirely.

It does not affect the user experience and system’s performance. This virus can be easily removed with an anti-virus program.

Most viruses these days are of a resident type and capable of inflicting much more damage. 

This extension represents a batch file which is always found in the root directory of computer’s hard drive, responsible for performing certain operations when the computer is booted up.  

A BAT file is a DOS batch file used to execute commands with the Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe). It contains a series of line commands in plain text that are executed to perform various tasks, such as starting programs or running maintenance utilities within Windows.  

BAT files are typically only used by computer-savvy DOS or Windows users looking to make repetitive tasks easier to complete