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Definition Edit

A compiled virus is a virus that has had its source code converted by a compiler program into a format that can be directly executed by an operating system.

Categories of compiled viruses Edit

Compiled viruses typically fall into three categories:

In addition to infecting files, compiled viruses can reside in the memory of infected systems so that each time a new program is executed, the virus infects the program. Among compiled viruses, boot sector viruses are the most likely to be memory resident. Viruses that are memory resident stay in memory for an extended period of time and therefore are likely to infect more files and to interfere more frequently with normal system operations than non-memory-resident viruses.

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