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What to do about Computer Viruses

There are many ways in which a virus can infect your PC. But regardless of whether it is a harmful virus or an annoying “practical joke,” it is dangerous to let one loose on your system, and it should be dealt with immediately. Whether you are connected to the Internet or not, it is safest […]

What You Can Do to Protect Others from Phishers

By reporting phishing to both volunteer and industry groups, such as PhishTank, you can help to protect others from phishers. Other anti-phishing methods have been developed, and have been included in web browsers, toolbars, and as part of web page login procedures.

What is Adware?

Adware, which is short for “Advertising-Supported Software” is any software which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it.

Computer Viruses and Antivirus Software

Before understanding what a computer virus is, it is necessary to understand what a virus in when it occurs in a living form (such as a human body, an animal, or a plant). A virus is a small organism that is only able to reproduce itself within another living cell or body. It is typically […]

Tips on Preventing Phishing

Never, ever click on a link inside an email from your bank, credit card company, or other similar institution. Instead, go directly to their website. The only exception might be when this is impossible. For example, you sometimes receive a confirmation email where you have to click a link to verify your email address or […]

"Phishing" Defined

Why the term “Phishing?” The word “phishing” is really a play on words. In English, the letters “PH” are pronounced the same as the letter “F.” So “phishing” is pronounced in the same was as “fishing.” One of the dictionary definitions of fishing is “to seek something by roundabout means.” Since phishing is an action […]

What are Computer Viruses?

In modern times, most people are aware to one degree or another of computer viruses. But exactly what are computer viruses? Viruses are essentially computer programs written to cause harm and damage your computer. Viruses have the ability to open normal programs, files or documents, and copy themselves or parts of themselves into them.

What are Macro Viruses?

One way of covertly introducing viruses into a computer is through the use of a MACRO. A macro consists of several instructions grouped together which then carry out a series of instructions. Macros are normally very useful tools, that make working with computer programs easier.

What is Malware?

Harmful software is also referred to as “malicious software.” “Malicious” means “intending to cause harm” and comes from the Latin word “malus,” which means “bad.” The term “malicious software” has also been shortened to the term “malware.” One can define “malware” as “software that is bad or causes harm.”

What are Email Viruses?

An email virus is a virus that is distributed through the use of emails, most frequently as an attachment to an email. When the unsuspecting recipient opens the attachment to the email, the virus is released onto his or her computer. Most email viruses consist of a macro virus that enters the address book on […]