What is the fundamental characteristic that defines a computer worm?
A) A worm causes massive operating system outages
B) A worm intentionally modifies the contents of files
C) A worm captures keystrokes
D) A worm can replicate itself without any user intervention
E) A computer worm eats very little and you won’t even know he’s there
The answer: D) A worm can replicate itself without any user intervention
There are good worms and bad worms, but the thing that sets a worm apart from a virus or spyware is its unique ability to replicate without user intervention. A worm can move from machine to machine without a user clicking any buttons or actively running any programs.
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