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What is malware?
What is Malware? Malware is short for "malicious software" - any software designed to damage or destroy a computer, server or network, such as spyware or a virus.

What is a virus?
A computer virus is a small software program designed to spread from one computer to another. It can interfere with your computer's operation by corrupting or deleting information or using your e-mail to spread itself and infect other computers. Viruses can be disguised as attachments to e-mail messages or other downloadable files, software and programs.

Signs your computer might be affected by a virus:

  • It runs more slowly than normal
  • It stops responding or locks up often
  • It crashes and restarts every few minutes
  • It restarts on its own and then fails to run normally
  • Applications don't work correctly
  • Disks or disk drives are inaccessible
  • You can't print normally
  • Unusual error messages
  • Distorted menus and dialog boxes
If you notice any of the above signs, don't ignore them! Always keep your computer's anti-virus software and signatures up-to-date and don't download or open attachments unless you know who they are from. More ways to protect yourself.
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