Virus Information

The Latest Virus Alerts identified by Symantec Corporation can be seen here.

Viruses are more common than ever, posing a threat to your files and causing loss of data. What is a virus? A virus is a program that is designed to infect a computer by copying itself into other computer files. The virus program spreads when the infected files are used by or copied to another computer system.

Viruses are commonly spread through email attachments. The attached file when opened, executes the virus and will in most cases attach itself to the user's address book and send email to each user in the address book.

What is the difference between a virus and a worm? A worm is a special type of virus that can replicate itself and use memory but cannot attach itself to other programs.

There are also virus hoaxes circulating around the Internet.

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