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"Zombie says they’re not like these tiny bugs in our brains, but somehow they downloaded themselves into us like a computer virus or something."
Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  an undesired software program created to attach copies of itself to other executable computer programs within and between computers — typically harmful
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In computer security technology, a virus is a self-replicating program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents (for a complete definition: see below). Thus, a computer virus behaves in a way similar to a biological virus, which spreads by inserting itself into living cells. Extending the analogy, the insertion of the virus into a program is termed infection, and the infected file (or executable code that is not part of a file) is called a host.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus  (retrieved 6/08)
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  • "Zombie says they’re not like these tiny bugs in our brains, but somehow they downloaded themselves into us like a computer virus or something."
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It’s like a computer virus.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Or-rnore likely-a wide variety of nasty computer viruses.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The citizens of Hacker Republic did not generally spread computer viruses.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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  • Like a computer virus.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I wonder what they would have thought about computer viruses?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It’s like computer viruses."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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Associated words [difficulty]:   computer virus [8] , database [2] , browser [7] , debug [8] , hyperlink [8]
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