When searching for a virus name, you should be aware of the naming conventions used. Virus names consist of a Prefix, a Name and often a Suffix.
- The PREFIX denotes the platform on which the virus replicates or the type of virus. A DOS virus usually does not contain a PREFIX
- The NAME is the family name of the virus
- The SUFFIX may not always exist. SUFFIXES distinguish among variants of the same family and are usually numbers denoting the size of the virus letters.
- They are formatted as PREFIX.NAME.SUFFIX
Example: WM.Cap.A would be the A variant of the Cap family. The WM means the virus is a Word macro virus