Computer Virus infecting PCs

Computer Virus infecting PCs

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How does your PC get infected by computer virus?

A computer virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Viruses can also replicate themselves. What will happen to your computer if it is infected by a virus? Learn how computer virus works.

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Though they’re not a living thing like you and me, computers can get “sick” from viruses, too.

A computer virus is a software program designed to replicate itself and spread to other machines. In most cases, the program is “malicious,” meaning its purpose is to cause the computer malfunction in some way.

In general usage, the term “computer virus” includes all forms of “malware,” or malicious software.

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Instead of sniffles and a fever, some common symptoms of a computer viral infection are slow performance, data loss and system crashes, all of which can make people using the machine feel ill as well.

Yet many technological diseases were designed to remain hidden on a computer and not alert its user, so malware-infected machines may spread silently.

Since Elk Cloner, the first computer virus, left its lab in 1981, millions more have been created by human programmers who have decided to sabotage others’ computers.

“There is always something new,” said Peter Szor, an independent researcher and former engineer at Symantec Corporation, a maker of antivirus software and author of The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense (Addison-Wesley, 2005). Symantec and other virus labs often see more than 30,000 unique malware programs on a single day, Szor added.

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Source: Adam Hadhazy

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