A metamorphic virus is one that can transform based on the ability to translate, edit and rewrite its own code. It is considered the most infectious computer virus, and it can do serious damage to a system if it isn't detected quickly. Antivirus scanners have a difficult time detecting this type of virus because it can change its internal structure, rewriting and reprogramming itself each time it infects a computing system. This is different from a polymorphic virus, which encrypts its original code to keep from being detected. Because of their complexity, creating metamorphic viruses requires extensive programming knowledge.
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