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Computer Virus

By Ron Sadovsky, Alex Shen, Jacob Levy, and Ethan Kalisky

What is a computer virus?


A computer virus is a program that when operated:

- duplicates itself
- infects the computers other programs, files, or hard drive.
A computer virus typically harms the computer:
- It corrupts or deletes data.
- It accesses private information.
Viruses can also be spread to other computers:
- Through an email attachment containing a virus.
- Through a USB or floppy disk.
- Going on an unsecure website.

Ron Sadovsky

What else can computer viruses do?

They can recover your internet history and
post them on your facebook
They can implode your computer
They can make your computer slower than
a cripple turtle crawling in mud
They can take up space in the RAM

How to prevent a computer virus

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How and why viruses are created

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Common types of viruses that attack our computers

Memory Resident Virus

These viruses live in the computer memory & get activated whenever the system

runs, infecting all the files that are then opened.

Overwrite Virus

This virus deletes the information in the files that it infects,

making them useless once they have been infected.

Boot Sector Virus

This virus affects the start up or boot of the hard drive.

Polymorphic Virus

Polymorphic viruses encrypt themselves in a different way every time they infect
a system, making it impossible for antivirus software to find them.
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A List of the Greatest of the Viruses

The Storm
The Sasser
The Nimba
The Melissa
The Code I and II
The Morris
The Brain Computer Virusr

How to remove a computer virus

1. If you are using windows, enter safe mode
2. Backup all your important data

3. Disconnect from the internet

4. Delete temporary files

5. Run a virus scan

6. Use Autorun

How Does a Computer Virus Infect Me?

Not having virus protection
Not running the latest updates
Downloading media of the internet (music, games, software
Opening spam email, or an email attachment
Sharing music, files or photos with other computer users
Visiting a website infected with a virus
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Symptoms Of a Computer Virus.

Computer is frequently crashing
Loss of data or new data that is unexplained
Weird or erratic computer behavior (flashing through your
Computer is slow when loading
Inaccessible disks or drives
Printer issues
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Phishing: Scammers create fake profiles/pages asking for your username and
password to gain access to your account.

Worms: Worms can spread through social networks by your friends. For example, a
worm can promise to show a video through friend invites and the video would
infect your computer if you agreed to download it.

Passwords: Passwords that are easy to guess or telling people your password.

Privacy settings: If privacy settings are not set to Friends of Friends or Friends
Only in your Privacy settings under your account.


Ethan Kalisky

Computer Virus Stats

1. 24 million households experience heavy spam.
2. 16 million households have experienced a serious virus problem in the past two years.
3. 8 million of households have had spyware in the past 6 months.
4. 1 million households lost money or compromised accounts from misused phishing.
5. The estimated cost of all households impacted by viruses, spyware, and phishing is $4.55 billion.
6. 40% of household are affected by viruses.

Jacob Levy

Why do Macs get very few viruses compared

to PCs?
Newer Macintosh operating systems, such as the Mac OS X, is built on one of

the oldest and most secure operating systems available.

Microsoft Windows is used by a lot more people than the
Apple Mac OS so because more people use Microsoft Windows,
it is a better target and makes it easier for viruses to spread.

Most of the computer virus writers are more familiar with

Microsoft Windows, which means it's easier for them create a virus for it.
Many of the tools, scripts, and code used to create

viruses are designed for Microsoft Windows.

Ethan Kalisky

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