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Payload
The cargo code in a virus rather than the portions used to avoid detection or replicate. The payload code can display text or graphics on the screen, or it may corrupt or erase data. Not all viruses contain a deliberate payload. However, these codes affect CPU usage, hard disk space, and the time it takes to clean viruses. Payload can also refer to the data or packets sent during an attack.