May 2012

Types of Viruses

There are many types of computer viruses:

    • File virus : Most viruses fall into this category. A virus attaches itself to a file, usually a program file.


    • Boot sector virus : These viruses infect floppy and hard drives. The virus program will load first, before the operating system.


    • Macro Virus : This is a new type of virus that use an application’s own macro programming feature to distribute themselves. Unlike other viruses, macro viruses do not infect programs; they infect documents.


  • Virus Hoax : Although there are thousands of viruses discovered each year, there are still some that only exist in the imaginations of the public and the press – known as virus hoaxes. These viruses hoaxes DO NOT EXIST, despite rumor of their creation and distribution.

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