Saturday, November 26, 2005

An Overview of Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses & Other Malicious Code

Every few months, we hear about a new computer virus outbreak that threatens to inflict more damage than the last big virus. You probably know the drill by now: Run an anti-virus check, don’t open suspicious emails or attachments, and hold your breath.
Of course, some of the hype surrounding particular viruses, worms, and other threats seems silly at times. But viruses and their kin continue to grow in both number and strength, despite our best efforts to repel them. As computers and networks become increasingly complex and widespread, so does malicious code that seeks to steal or destroy data from computers and wreak havoc on networks of all sizes.
No computer user is truly immune to viruses, so it’s important to understand what these threats are and how they work. Let’s take a closer look at the truth behind the hype.


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