Viruses, Trojans, Worms

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Computer viruses have been aroud for many years, since about 1986. Who invented computer viruses? Where were they created? Can you create them? All of these questions will be answered, as well as a short timeline of virus history and highlight of some recent major viruses.

First, What is a computer virus? And how do you protect yourself from them? Then, A short timeline of virus' history. And, finally a few recent major viruses.

What is a computer virus? A computer virus is a program or piece of software that copies itself to your PC, or attaches itself to a document. For example, when you open an infected document it replicates and attaches to other files on your hard drive. The process goes unnoticed until it is too late and your computer crashes.

There are 3 types of computer viruses; E-Mail Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses.

E-Mail Viruses- Many Hackers use E-Mail Viruses to reek havock on the E-World. (According to WWW.HACKERS.COM-Hackers are evil people who have nothing better to do with their vast knowledge of computers than destroy them.) An E- Mail Viruse is sent from person to person via E-Mail. Once the infected E-Mail is opened it replicates by sending itself to everyone in your address book. Thus resulting, the people in your address book open the E-Mail and are then infected. Any simple Virus scaning software should be able to stop and remove E-Mail viruses. Norton Anti-Virus is one of the best choices for defense.

Worms- A network virus, it uses 'holes' in a computer network to replicate and take up space, in the end it makes the network grind to a hault. This virus once on a computer it scans the network for other vunerable computers, then infects them and continues the process over again. There are several effective Virus defense programs to choose from. Before you purchase one it is always…...

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