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 How to protect Your Computer From Computer Viruses



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Computer Virus History


Is a program that “infects” computer files, usually other executable programs, by inserting copies of itself in those files? The first virus, Elk Cloner, was written in 1982 by Rich Skrenta and attached itself to the Apple DOS 3.3 operating system. The first personal computer virus, Brain, came in 1986, and macro viruses emerged in the mid-1990s. The Love Bug virus of 2000 caused more than $10 billion of damage to computers and networks.

Source: Encarta Encyclopedia

Adware- The most common form of malware.  It’s a type of spyware that secretly imbeds itself on your computer and analyzes your web browsing habits.  While most of the advertisements you see are for legitimate companies, the actual producers of the spyware are not.


Browser Hijacker (hijackware) – alter your web browser setting to redirect you to a different homepage, typically to questions websites (adult, gaming, celebrity). numbers

Internet Dialer - There are legitimate Internet Dialers but the malware verity makes phone calls to 900 numbers secretly through your modem resulting in large phone bills.  This type of malware will only work on dialup connections (modem-based).


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