How Does A Virus Affect My Computer?


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What is a Computer Virus & How does it affect your PC?

What are computer viruses?

Microcomputer viruses are self-reproducing programs designed to move from computer to computer. Many are intended to be malicious but some cause no harm. Microcomputer viruses can be grouped into three categories according to their method of transmission and type:

* Boot-sector viruses are transmitted from machine to machine on infected floppies. Attempting to boot a machine from an infected diskette, even if the process is unsuccessful, can spread the virus.

* Executable-viruses are spread by running infected programs. The virus then infects subsequent programs as these programs are used.

* Macro-viruses are written inside certain applications like Microsoft Word. These viruses are spread by opening, saving, and printing affected document files. Typically, they corrupt documents (not limited to Microsoft Office documents).

* Worms are often put in the same category as viruses, but are distinctly different. A virus file is usually a self-contained program that a person executes. A worm is an automated way of hacking into computers. The worm finds computers missing security patches and without a firewall, hacks those computers, then uses those computers to hack new computers.

What can be done to avoid infection?

Most common viruses are spread by email, sharing files over the Internet or by moving floppy disks from one computer to another. Worms are spread by not following secure computing practices ( see The ITS Security Page). To detect, remove, and prevent the spread of computer viruses and worms, ITS currently distributes Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 9.0 for Microsoft Windows and Norton Antivirus 9 for Mac. They are available for download at

There are other commercial virus protection packages available, however ITS does not support their use.
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Zoey Lynn , Miss-know-it-all, answered

Different types of PC viruses can cause different miseries as the people behind come with many evil purposes. But most of them can cause damage in the system background where you can not notice easily. Some might cause your money loss or pricacy disclosure. Anyway, be vigilant all the time and find effective methods to handle it.

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John Pol answered
It make your pc slow
it can damage you system hardware and data too<
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It can make your computer shut down and it can be infected with viruses and it can mess up your cpu
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Ethan Baker answered

A computer virus is similar to a real-world virus. It originates from something, and spreads to a machine. The virus infects it, then hops to the next host. These can do various things, like set your browser to show dangerous sites at random intervals (My mother had this happen), send more copies of the virus through E-mail, and many more awful things. Thankfully, using anti-virus programs such as Avast or Norton, you can prevent these cyber-attacks.

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Smith Davis , My name is Smith Davis and I am new to blurtit. Looking forward for a great start., answered

It just enters into your PC when you get into malware-infected websites or inserts an external device which contains virus. These viruses, after they get into your PC replicate themselves and corrupt the important files in your PC. So it is always better to secure your PC from this kind of malware such that all your personal information gets secured. 

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It starts when you download an infected program to your computer it start copying its self and puts itself on other programs on your computer and then the virus starts spreading threw you computer.

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The virus can damage your system by damaging your windows or some application also it can block you from accessing a Lot of things like your c drive to avoid it install one of the antiviruses and keep updating every day thanks

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