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What is a computer virus?
A virus is a piece of code that has the ability to replicate itself. Typically, a virus is written to have a damaging effect, such as corrupting a computer system or destroying data and information. When a virus copies itself, it inserts these copies into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive. Once the cloned viruses successfully enter these sections of a computer, the infiltrated areas are described as “infected”.
A virus is generally malicious by nature, and the severity of its impact varies. A virus can steal hard disk space; penetrate areas where private information is stored; corrupt data; override the user’s monitor and show text messages; send spam to the user’s contacts; log keystrokes; and in the most extreme cases, cause the computer to cease functioning.
What all viruses share in common is the capability to self-replicate and to install themselves on a computer without the user’s permission.
The virus removal economy
Viruses consistently cause a significant amount of economic damage year after year – sometimes up to billions of dollars. This is because of the havoc they can wreak on large-scale systems, such as system failures, the appropriation of resources and data, maintenance and repair costs. Most viruses are purposefully written to attack Microsoft Windows systems. To help eradicate the threat of viruses to important systems, software developers and companies have built free, open source antivirus programs and virus removal tools, leading to the creation of a whole market based on fighting viruses.
These protective measures are available to users of all kinds of operating systems; however, no current antivirus software or virus removal tool can deal with all viruses in existence. That said, the economy and industry of antivirus software and virus removal tools is fervently researching ways with which virus solutions can better locate new viruses before they propagate.
The different kinds of virus to look out for
Viruses are constantly evolving and changing. Those who write the codes for viruses must keep pace with the preventative measures of antivirus developers in order to hurdle their shields. Below is a list of common virus types you should look out for, along with the varying ways they access your system, and how they upset the normal workings of your computer:
This kind of virus attacks files that were set up with applications or programs that include macros, like doc, pps, xls and mdb. A macro virus instantly infects the files with macros, as well as any templates or documents within the file. Macro viruses lurk in documents attached to emails or shared via a network. Notable versions of macro viruses include: Relax, 097M/Y2K, and bablas.
Memory resident viruses
A memory resident virus hides in RAM and typically infiltrates the area where your computer memory is located. This virus is activated whenever your operating system is in use – when this happens the virus infects any file which is open. Notable versions of memory resident viruses include: meve, CMJ, mrklunky, and randex.
An overwrite virus erases all of the information contained within a file. Once a file is infected with this kind of virus, it becomes practically worthless – overwrite viruses change all of the information within a file without altering the file size. Notable versions of overwrite viruses include: trivial.88.D, way, and Trj.Reboot.
As the name suggests, an email virus is distributed via email and finds its way onto a user’s system once the email is opened. This kind of virus can spread rapidly – most email viruses have the ability to access a user’s contact list and then send a copy of the virus via email to the user’s email contacts. One of the most notable examples of an email virus was the Melissa virus, which spread in 1999.
The Melissa virus hid in Microsoft Word documents attached to emails which included text that sounded friendly and, above all, human. As soon as the recipient opened the file, the Melissa virus got to work, copying itself 50 times and sending those copies in Word documents to the first 50 people in the user’s address book. At that phenomenal rate, the Melissa virus became one of the most infamous viruses of all time, claiming a number of high-profile organizations among its victims. Those hit by Melissa had to close down their email systems in order to halt the spread of the virus.
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Simply activate the spam and virus protection features and your inbox will benefit from enhanced security. However, you can rest assured that the contents of your inbox are yours, and yours alone. mail.com only scans for viruses and nothing more, meaning you can enjoy emailing friends, family, colleagues and clients worry free.
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