Java-based malware: Lowering the risk

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  • macro virus

    A macro virus is a computer virus that "infects" a Microsoft Word or similar application and causes a sequence of actions to be performed automatically when the application is started or something else triggers it. 

  • vandal

    A vandal is an executable file, usually an applet or an ActiveX control, associated with a Web page that is designed to be harmful, malicious, or at the very least inconvenient to the user. 

  • Melissa virus

    Melissa is a fast-spreading macro virus that is distributed as an e-mail attachment that, when opened, disables a number of safeguards in Word 97 or Word 2000, and, if the user has the Microsoft Outlook e-mail program, causes the virus to be resent t... 

  • virus hoax

    A virus hoax is a false warning about a computer virus. 

  • payload

    On the Internet, a payload is either: The essential data that is being carried within a packet or other transmission unit.