Computer Viruses - What Are They And Why Do People Make It


In recent years, computers have become synonymous with viruses and viruses show no signs of disappearing any time soon. recently reported that "Even before the month is over, April has set a record for emailing viruses." A computer virus is rare. Today it would be one of the worst things we can give anyone. As reported in many news articles, computer viruses are widespread and extremely disturbing. This article describes viruses and then directs you to rather unique protection and prevention.

In short, a computer virus is a software designed to destroy or steal data. It attacks computers through distribution - often unwittingly - through email attachments, software downloads, and even certain types of advanced Web-based scripts. The viruses that destroy the data are called Trojans, the viruses that make their attacks explode are called bombs and the viruses that duplicate themselves are called worms. Some viruses are a combination of each, but they can be further identified based on their location on a computer.

A virus from the boot sector of a computer is a boot sector virus and this nasty devil does his dirty work as soon as a computer is turned on. A virus that attaches to (infect) other programs is a file virus and activates itself as soon as an infected program starts. File viruses can also be called parasitic viruses. However, if a virus works both in the boot sector and in an infected program, it is called a multi-part virus.

The reason viruses exist remains a mystery, but we had private access to the mind behind a virus programmer who explained his motivation behind his destructive inclinations. Apparently, this person had a deep grudge against a popular online service that must remain anonymous. In the mind of this hacker, the online service has failed to effectively protect children against coal online and, as a reprisal, he has created and distributed a virus to as many libraries of files of this service as possible. His intention was to disable the computers of users of the online service to the point of not being able to connect for several days. In his mind, the loss of connection was causing a loss of revenue for the online service.

Although the malicious code generated by this person may have worked for a small percentage of users, it was sufficient to say that the online service continued and still exists today. Despite his motivation or intention, his efforts were nil.

We would not be surprised to learn if the other motivations for the spread of the virus were similar to that of this person, but that does not justify the damage caused by viruses. Innocent people become pawns for the evil plans of others who have convinced themselves that they are doing the "right" thing.

To protect a computer from viruses or remove a virus from a computer system once infected, you must use an antivirus utility. But maybe something else we can do. Perhaps we could make an effort to inform people who want to make the virus known to the public about ways to express their dissatisfaction with a service or product that does not involve harm innocent parties. In doing so, we could simply reduce the number of reports on viruses while protecting our own investments.

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