This page is about the slang term virus
a harmful computer program that can spread from one machine to another
- Most viruses are spread when sent as email attachments, and they're activated when the recipient clicks on the program's icon.
- If you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with computer viruses, get a Mac computer. Very few viruses target Macs.
Origin: These programs are called viruses because they act in ways very similar to biological viruses, in that they damage the host and they can spread from host to host.
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Contributor: Matt Errey