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.