What is a Computer Virus or a Computer Worm?
A computer virus or a computer worm is a malicious software program that can self-replicate on computers or via computer networks – without you being aware that your machine has become infected. Because each subsequent copy of the virus or computer worm can also self-replicate, infections can spread very rapidly. There are very many different types of computer viruses and computer worms – and many can cause high levels of destruction.
How Computer Viruses and Worms can impact you
The Viruses and Worms subclass of malicious software programs includes the following:
How to protect yourself against Computer Viruses and Worms
It’s recommended that you install anti-malware software on all of your devices – including PCs, laptops, Macs and smartphones – and that your anti-malware solution receives regular updates, in order to protect against the latest threats. A good anti-malware software product – such as Kaspersky Anti-Virus – will detect and prevent virus and worm infections on your PC, while Kaspersky Mobile Security is an excellent choice for protecting Android smartphones. Kaspersky Lab has products that protect the following devices:
- Windows PCs
- Linux computers
- Apple Macs
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