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Polymorphic Cloning ComputerViruses The generation of today is growing up in a fast-growing high-techworld which allows us to do the impossibilities of yesterday With the help of moderntelecommunications and the rapid growth of the personal computer in the average householdwe are able to talk to and share information with people from all sides of the globeHowever this vast amount of information transport has opened the doors for the computervirus of the future to flourish As time passes on so-calledviruses are becoming more and more adaptive and dangerous No longer areviruses merely a rarity among computer users and no longer are they mere nuisances Sincemany people depend on the data in their computer every day to make a living the risk ofcatastrophe has increased tenfold The people who create computer viruses are now becomingmuch more adept at making them harder to detect and eliminate These so-calledpolymorphic viruses are able to clone themselves and change themselves as theyneed to avoid detection This form of smart viruses allows the virus to have aform of artificial intelligence To understand the way a computer virus works and spreadsfirst one must understand some basics about computers specifically pertaining to the wayit stores data Because of the severity of the damage that these viruses may cause it isimportant to understand how anti-virus programs go about detecting them and how the virusitself adapts to meet the ever changing conditions of a computerIn much the same way as animals computer viruses live in complex environments In thiscase the computer acts as a form of ecosystem in which the virus functions In order forsomeone to adequately understand how and why the virus adapts itself it must first beshown how the environment is constantly changing and how the virus can interact and dealwith these changes There are many forms of computers in the world however forsimplicitys sake this paper will focus on the most common form of personalcomputers the 80x86 better known as an IBM compatible
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