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virus

Overview page. Subjects: Computing.

Program code written to replicate by attaching copies of itself to other objects within the system, and normally also having a detrimental effect. This may range from generation of...

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retro virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 18 words.

A *virus which attacks anti-virus software in order to disable it or reduce its effectiveness.

multipartite virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 13 words.

A *virus which infects computers in a variety of ways.

armoured virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 23 words.

A *virus which uses a number of techniques to subvert any attempts by *virus detection software to discover them....

stealth virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 22 words.

A type of virus which attempts to nullify or confuse any attempt to detect it, for example, by anti-virus software....

virus signature

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 43 words.

A virus has a unique footprint; for example, the lines of code that are used to implement the virus. This is known as the signature. ...

macro virus

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in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 19 words.

A *virus associated with a *macro and which is executed when the macro is invoked.

polymorphic virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 17 words.

A virus which changes its form and makes new copies when it infects a computer.

overwriting virus

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in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 21 words.

A *virus that enters a computer system and overwrites part of a program and often replaces the program.

data virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 20 words.

A virus which affects a file that contains data: for example, the *start-up files used by programs.

appending virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 21 words.

A *virus that appends itself to the end of a *file, usually a file containing executable content.

executable virus

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in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 39 words.

A *virus which is resident on a computer and which is executed in order to carry out its purpose. This contrasts with a ...

virus hoax

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 55 words.

A message that indicates a computer is infected by a *virus when it is not. One example of this occurs where a ...

boot virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 41 words.

A *virus which stores itself on the *boot sector of a computer and contains a program which is executed when the computer is started up. This program carries out some act such as deleting...

self-mutating virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 7 words.

Synonym for *polymorphic virus.

friends and family virus

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in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 31 words.

A *virus that usually works by examining an *email address book and sending multiple emails containing virus attachments to all the addresses it finds there....

virus detection software

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 78 words.

Programs which detect the intrusion of *viruses into a computer system. This type of software can be split into two subsidiary types: software that is continually executed while a computer...

add-on virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 23 words.

A form of *virus. It functions by adding program code to the code of the computer which has been infected....

device driver virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

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Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 26 words.

A *virus which infiltrates a computer via the device driver software, usually the software used to control peripherals such as the keyboard....

anti-virus software

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

P ublished online October 2019 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 61 words.

Software which monitors a computer and its files in order to detect any *virus intrusions that have occurred. Such software, for example, examines system files to see if they have been...

virus

Edited by Darrel Ince.

in A Dictionary of the Internet

P ublished online October 2019 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Computer Science; Technological Change; Research and Development. 52 words.

A computer program which enters a computer, usually via a network connection, and carries out a malicious act. This can range from the less serious, such as displaying a ...