computer virus

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computer virus (plural computer viruses or computer virii)

  1. (computing) A program which can covertly transmit itself between computers via networks (especially the Internet) or removable storage such as CDs, USB drives, floppy disks, etc., often causing damage to systems and data.

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  • The term computer virus is often used instead of just virus to specify that a virus in the computing sense, rather than the biological sense, is being referred to.
  • See also the note on the plural at virus.

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