How to Avoid Infection from a Computer Virus -  Why Use Virus Protection ?

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                        "What's a Virus, Anyway ?"
Virus is a malicious, but not necessarily destructive unauthorized,
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 .com) 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 also executes.

Other viruses sit in a computer's memory and infect files as the computer  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 intervention.

Unlike a 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 computer.

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 book.

Since they are complete programs in themselves, they can be removed from your computer by deleting.

 "How Can We Protect Ourselves  From
                      Viruses, Worms and Trojans?"

 These 6 basic virus protection steps can go a long way toward keeping you out of trouble:
Never, ever, 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 your anti-virus program, try recognized businesses that offer discount office supplies, as there are many options to choose from.
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 software.
Keep your anti-virus, operating systems, and Firewall programs
up to date

If infected, as a last resort, get help from a virus removal service

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