computer virus

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Synonyms for computer virus

a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer


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A certain type of virus, known as a boot sector virus, will infect computers when they are first booted up (turned on) with an infected disk in a drive.
* ThunderBYTE 7.00a detected 99.5 percent of all in-the-wild viruses, including every in-the-wild boot sector virus. It also spotted 97.7 percent of standard viruses and 78.9 percent of polymorphic viruses to achieve a 93.9 percent overall rate.
By teaching users how boot sector viruses spread and showing them the risks in leaving diskettes in the disk drive before rebooting, the chances of boot sector virus infection can be diminished significantly.