"What's a Virus, Anyway ?"
Virus is a malicious, but not necessarily
self duplicating string of code, or program, that copies itself from
program to program on your computer!
It's like a parasite that attaches itself to various types of files (.exe and
and is caught and spreads itself among infected computers by sharing floppies
CDs, flash drives and other digital files. Some viruses attach to files
so that when the infected file executes, the virus
Other viruses sit in a computer's memory and infect files as the
opens, modifies or creates the files.
E-MAIL viruses (and spyware)
probably pose the greatest threats to most of us who use the internet for
communicating with family and friends, sharing photos, recipes, chat message
sessions, entertainment, and just routine web surfing.
What are Worms?
A computer worm is a self-replicating
computer program that uses a network to send copies of itself to other
computer terminals on the network and it may do so without any user
virus, a computer worm does not need to attach itself to an existing
program. Worms almost always cause harm to the network, if only by consuming
bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted
That's why Crackers and cyber criminals like to use them for their
hateful attacks on our peace of mind.
Worms are tiny programs that spread them-selves primarily in email messages;
many of which they create just as soon as the email message they are attached to
is opened. They send copies of themselves to every email address in your address
Since they are complete programs in themselves, they can be removed from your
computer by deleting.
"How Can We Protect Ourselves From
6 basic virus protection steps can go a long way toward keeping you out of trouble:
open anyone's files on their personal Discs,
CDs or USB memory
sticks, unless you
scan them first in your anti-virus program! Shop around for
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Be fearful of any email messages from addresses
(senders) that you don't recognize.
"With all of the new social media, P2P,
and business to consumer sites there are
now. Make sure to only download trusted Apps for your tool bars"
Be wary of any programs you download from forums,
chat rooms, etc.
Don't install bootlegged copies of someone else's
Keep your anti-virus, operating systems, and Firewall programs
up to date.
infected, as a last resort, get help from a virus removal service
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It has grown in size a bit over the past few years and no longer fits on a single floppy Disk.
Burn it to a CD or memory stick for an offline back up tool. The Conficker
worm, for example will disable your ability to go online and update your
anti-virus software. If you believe you have this infection, you could
disconnect your Internet connection, run your system in Safe mode and use
STINGER to scan and remove this worm. The current version will recognize
Conficker through its most recent iterations.
STINGER is an 'After the Fact' application, which means that it does not scan
incoming email files, attachments or downloads, but it does scan whatever
you have already received online.
It currently checks, and repairs more than 500 recent viruses. It's FREE
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