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A trigger is

a condition that causes a virus payload to be executed, usually occurring through user interaction (e.g., opening a file, running a program, clicking on an e-mail attachment).
[the] [p]ortion of the virus that activates the payload. The trigger contains software code that tells it that it is actually in the targeted system. In the case of a virus, a trigger may control reproduction, focusing the virus toward a specific goal.[1]

References Edit

  1. The Electronic Intrusion Threat to National Security and Emergency Preparedness Telecommunications: An Awareness Document, at F-6.

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