Most times we already scan and find the computer is infected by some viruses with antivirus software, such as Backdoor.RmtBomb.12, Trojan.Win32.SendIP.15 and so on, these virus names with a string of letters and numbers, sometimes would make people confused. What a long string of name, how could I know it’s a virus or not?
Actually as long as we master some virus naming rule, we can judge some public specialities of the virus by the virus name in the report of antivirus software.
There are so many viruses in the world, antivirus companies would sort viruses and name them according to virus features in order to facilitate management. Although each antivirus company has a different naming rule, basically they all use a unified naming way. Here’s the general format: <virus prefix>.<virus name>.<virus suffix>.
Virus prefix is one type of virus, which is used to distinguish the virus classes. Different types of viruses have different prefixes. For example, what we often see, the common Trojan prefix is Trojan, while the prefix of worm virus is Worm, and there are some others.
Virus name means the family traits of a virus, which are used to distinguish and mark virus families, for example, the famous CIH virus’s family names are all unified “CIH”, and recently the surge wave worm virus’s family name is “Sasser”.
Virus suffix means variant feature of a virus, which is used to distinguish certain variant of certain family of virus. Gen