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Desigend to make it difficult to detect or analyze
Attaches itself to legitimate programs and creates a program with a different filename extension, may update registry to point to the infected file
Word, Excel etc. exploits enhancements made to many application programs
Attacks in multiple ways, boot sector, executable files, destroy app files
modifies and alters other programs and databases. Infects all of these files, must restore programs
Changes form to avoid detection. Mutations
Attacks or bypasses the antivirus software, anti-antivirus, could destroy virus definition database file.
Attempts to avoid detection by masking itself, may attach to the boot sector, may report different size toavoid detection, make switch files during virus scan
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