Protection Against Computer Viruses Essay by RELEE

Protection Against Computer Viruses
An introduction to the basics of computer viruses and how to protect against them.
# 26177 | 2,070 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses computer viruses, computer software programs that interfere with the smooth running of a computer's OS and hardware and are designed to replicate and hide themselves to avoid detection. A virus' main goal is to infect and replicate on as many other systems as possible causing as much damage in the process such as erasing hard disks or deleting vital files that run certain software programs. It presents information that gives users who do not have much experience in this area of network security an introductory overview of what malicious software is and how it works. It examines three main areas of importance, the definition of a virus, types of viruses and virus protection. Trojans and Worms are also covered.

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"Viruses are programs and must be executed to become activated. This is done by double clicking on the email attachment or the setup .exe or .com executables for software programs. In one instance as of late the author has seen the W32.Funlove virus spread through a downloaded screensaver for his favorite college football team. The virus was hidden behind the executable and activated when the screen saver was installed. Viruses, in an infected executable file, modifies the original program to point to the virus code and launch that code along with its own. Most of the time the process is to jump to the virus code first, execute it, then go back to the original code."

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