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Worm Descriptions and Definitions

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? Define each of the following terms in your own words:
o Boot sector
o File
o Multipartite
o Macro
o Trojan horse
o Email worms
o Instant messaging worms
o IRC worms
o File-sharing networks worms
o Internet worms
? Explain how each virus or worm functions and spreads.

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Worm + Virus descriptions:
? Define each of the following terms in your own words; explain how each virus or worm functions and spreads.

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Worms: In general, worms are duplicating programs that move through different computer systems without a host file; conversely, viruses do require a host (like someone with a cold or flu) to spread them; they may hide and go unnoticed. Worms are usually found inside of other files or media and will distribute itself to different computers via an infected source. Some may even be programmed to do other things.

Viruses: These are programs written to change a user's computer operation without their request or realization. It executes itself via its host and places its code in the path of another program (i.e. if you think you are opening up File X, you are instead, opening up a virus). It also copies itself; may damage programs, erase files, or delete an entire operating system. Instead of executing damage, some viruses just present in the form of a video or message, like bugs that will not go away. Note: Both worms and viruses may spread via networks, intranets, online PDAs or mobile phones, and via the World Wide Web or ...

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This solution of 899 words defines the ten terms and explains how each virus or worms functions and spreads in a computer system.

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