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Learning Path: malware

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> malware - programming or files developed for the purpose of doing harm

> virus - malicious programming code that causes some unexpected and undesirable event

> virus hoax - false warning about a computer virus

> e-mail virus - malicious computer code sent as an e-mail note attachment which, if activated, causes harm

> worm - self-replicating virus that does not alter files but resides in active memory and duplicates itself

> ethical worm - program used to automate network-based distribution of security patches

> Trojan horse - program in which malicious or harmful code is contained inside apparently harmless programming or data

> logic bomb - programming code designed to execute (or "explode"). Also called slag code.

> execute - run a program in the computer, and, by implication, to start it to run

> macro virus - computer virus that uses macro language to cause a sequence of actions to be performed automatically when application is started or keystroke triggers it

> payload - the eventual effect of a software virus

> antivirus software - class of program that searches your hard drive and floppy disks for any known or potential viruses

> stealth - refers to an event, object or file that evades methodical attempts to find it

> heuristic - gaining knowledge or some desired result by intelligent guesswork rather than by following pre-established formula

> in the wild - malicious computer code that spreads in the real world as a result of normal day-to-day operations

> zoo - malware that exists only in virus and antivirus labs, not in the wild.


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This was last updated in January 2006
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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