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.

subject malicious code

The primary name assigned to a particular piece of malicious code. Names used for malicious code are commonly formed from naming conventions accepted within the field. The antivirus research community uses prefixes for virus names based on the type of executable they are.