computer virus | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

A computer virus is a type of malicious software that is designed to replicate itself and spread from one computer to another.


It can infect a computer by attaching itself to a program or document that is then circulated, or by being downloaded from the internet or another network.

Once a computer is infected with a virus, the virus can execute a variety of harmful actions, such as deleting files, stealing personal information, or using the infected computer to attack other computers. Some viruses are designed to cause damage to a computer’s hardware or software, while others are created to cause inconvenience to the user.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023

 

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