Friday, June 8, 2012

Understanding Computer Viruses


Thankfully, the exhaustive winter flu season is far behind us. However, another type of virus is alive and thriving; the computer virus. Infected, malignant, and spreading are all synonymous with the average computer virus.

Computer viruses can cause end-user frustration, unstable computer performance, and potentially--data loss. By fully understanding computer viruses
and (subsequently) how to prevent them, members of the Ferris State University community will become less likely to contract and spread these malicious programs.

Definitively, a computer virus is a computer program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge; all while replicating itself and spreading from one computer to another. Computer viruses have various forms and sub formative variations which include worms, trojan horses, macro, overwriting, appending, cluster, polymorphic, and tunneling -- to name a few. Each of these forms carries a unique intrusion, execution, and replication signature. 

Computer viruses are typically spread through email, rouge websites, infected storage devices, phishing schemes, networks, and through malicious software. End-user behavior is the only way to eradicate the spread of viruses. As an end-user, it is imperative that you educate yourself on distinguishing what is and what is not legitimate on the internet. A great database for researching topics relating to viruses, computers, and technology is Webopedia. Webopedia allows users to explore a plethora of computer and technology related topics for FREE.

If a computer you are using has a virus, please report it to the TAC.

Written by Ferris Alexander