The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

binary file virus

The virus attaches itself parasitically to a binary executable file – whether directly executable or not. A binary executable file is one composed of binary instructions interpreted directly by the CPU. These types of viruses are commonly referred to as file infector viruses.