Viruses, malware… What are they ?

Since the dawn of computer era, they have always been these kind of “pests” somewhere laying around in the PC. And since they showed up, the fight between viruses and antiviruses started.

computer virus is a type of computer program that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code.

Interesting fact you might have not known is that the first virus existed before the Internet. The Creeper virus was first detected on ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet, in 1970. It was just a self-replicating program and it was created in a experiment.

Modern day viruses are, of course, more malicious then their ancestors – which have been, in those days, only a small inconvenience.

Malware is short for – malicious software – computer program designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the users consent. Malware is general term covering all the different types of threats to your computer safety such as viruses, spyware, worms, trojans etc.

Viruses are a type of malware. But, unlike ransomware, they don’t lock your filesor demand a fee for their recovery. Instead, viruses corrupt your files, affect your device’s performance, and cause unexpected malfunctions.

Be sure to check that your antivirus is working and updated. If you don’t have any, download any – even the free antivirus version is better then none.

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