What is a computer virus? How they spread and 5 signs you’ve been infected
Computer virus definition
A computer virus is a form of malicious software that piggybacks onto legitimate application code in order to spread and reproduce itself.
Like other types of malware, a virus is deployed by attackers to damage or take control of a computer. Its name comes from the method by which it infects its targets. A biological virus like HIV or the flu cannot reproduce on its own; it needs to hijack a cell to do that work for it, wreaking havoc on the infected organism in the process. Similarly, a computer virus isn’t itself a standalone program. It’s a code snippet that inserts itself into some other application. When that application runs, it executes the virus code, with results that range from the irritating to the disastrous.