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Computer Worm Definition and Types. How to Prevent them?
Computer Worm. A computer worm is a type of malware program which infects other systems by making multiple copies of itself and spreading itself onto other computers within the network. Worms exploit certain parts of the operating system that are not visible to the user. The infection is only noticed when the system consumes most of the resources due to the worm’s uncontrolled replication. This in turn slows and stops the performance of other services in the computer’s operating system. How Computer Worms Spread. Malware engineers develop computer worms to spread infection without any human intervention. It is all set to start the attack, when it becomes active on the infected system. Primitively, the worms spread i through storage media, floppy discs, which when inserted onto the disc space would then activate and then start infecting other storage devices connected to the target system. This is why USBs are often the delivery mechanisms for computer worms.
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