Definitions, Terminology, and Myths about Viral Programs

(maintained by Rob Slade)

Definition of virus

What viral programs are not

Special definitions

Related terms

Boot sector infectors

"Link" virus

Multipartite - pro

Multipartite - con

Polymorphism and self-encryption

Polymorphism variations



Companion or spawning viri

Myth of malice

Myth of hardware damage

Myth of write protection - software

Write protect hardware

More hardware myths

"Modem" virus myth

"Desert Storm" virus myth

Commercial safety myth

The myth of the virus danger from BBSes

More media myths