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 What is an Anti-Virus Software?

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PostSubject: What is an Anti-Virus Software?   Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:02 am

Antivirus or anti-virus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malicious viruses and other computer infections.

Here are a list of potential threats:
Like a Star @ heaven 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 and spread to other computers
Like a Star @ heaven Malware - Software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems
Like a Star @ heaven Computer Worm - A computer worm is a self-replicating malware computer program. It uses a computer network to send copies of itself to other computers
Like a Star @ heaven Trojan Horses - A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is software that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install, but steals information or harms the system
Like a Star @ heaven Spyware - Software that self-installs on a computer, enabling information to be gathered covertly about a person's Internet use, passwords, etc
Like a Star @ heaven Adware - Adware, or advertising-supported software, is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer

Antivirus software searches your computer for all of these threats. It does this by generating a database of already existing viruses etc and searching for common files or code that is in your computer that is also in the threat database. When it finds a threat it will list it at the end along with any other risks found. The software will give you the choice of what to do with these infections that were found. The best thing to do is to straight off remove the files and your computer will be no longer at risk.

It is very important to do regular scans of your computer with antivirus software as all it can take is one infection to lose all of your important personal data.

I would recommend you do at least ONE SCAN A MONTH.
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