from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A computer program that is designed to replicate itself by copying itself into the other programs stored in a computer. It may be benign or have a negative effect, such as causing a program to operate incorrectly or corrupting a computer's memory.
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- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer
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He continued to go on missions for the S.C.E., and wound up being vital to a mission to remove a computer virus from the world-controlling computer Ganitriul Fatal Error.
In 2376, a group of Pevvni Purists sabotaged Ganitriul with a computer virus that sent Eerlik into chaos, until the damage was repaired by the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci Fatal Error.