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Virus.DOS.Ambulance is a parasitic virus on DOS.

There are 7 variants:

  • Virus.DOS.Ambulance.793 (B, C and D)
  • Virus.DOS.Ambulance.795
  • Virus.DOS.Ambulance.796 (A, B and C)


When an infected file is executed, it infects one DOS executable in the current directory, however it does not infect the first file, so if there is only one executable file in the same directory, the virus simply does nothing. So there should have at least 2 files in the same directory in order to spread.


When an infected file is run, an ASCII ambulance may move across the bottom part of the screen, with siren sound playing from the system speaker.


These variants do not manifest themselves.

Ambulance.795, 796.a and 796.b

These variants activate by random.


This variant always activate before the program execution.


Ambulance.796 in action

Other details

The actual infection size of Ambulance.793 is 796 bytes so that some antiviruses may identify these variants as Ambulance.796 instead.

There is a virus having a similar payload called Hafenstrass, also came from Germany. It features a payload of an ambulance crashing into a wall.


Description of Ambulance, Online VSUM

Description of Hafenstrass, Online VSUM

See also





Ambulance virus review by Alles Sandro

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