Viruses are infections in a computer system that cause the system to malfunction in various ways. In the TRON Universe, they always have characteristic green or yellow-green circuitry.
In the game TRON 2.0 there is a viral infection caused by J.D. Thorne as a result of digitizing without the correction algorithms. Thorne himself turned into a virus, and calling himself a "Master User", he spreads this corruption through the ENCOM systems by infecting programs. TRON: Evolution featured another prominent virus called Abraxas. Abraxas was a former ISO named Jalen that was reprogramed by Clu, so that he could persuade his fellow Basics that the ISOs were a threat. Abraxas infected many programs, including Gibson.
Types of Viruses
- Z-Lots are simple viruses. They are usually easy to kill, but they swarm in the masses. They are either created by direct infection, or spawned in by Rector Scripts.
- Rector Scripts are more complex viruses. They are very hard to kill, but a headshot with a disc will derez them immediately. They can spawn in Z-Lots, making them even harder to attack.
- Infected are programs that were infected by Abraxas.
The main weapons of viruses are Balls. Balls are glowing, green blobs of data that have corrosive and infective properties. Through subroutines, different ball-based weaponry can be used, such as the Ball Launcher and Drunken Dims.