Computer viruses: Windows Operating system users are familiar with the term virus that is not in reference to the biological ailments
- by Sanjeev-
- Sep 16, 2019 13:33
Windows Operating system users are familiar with the term virus that is not in reference to the biological ailments. Talking about the noobs who are not familiar with different kinds of tools and methods that can be used to cause damage to a computer device, their worst fear is getting a virus in their computers without even realizing they may already have several.
Threats from Viruses to computers:
There are other similar kinds of threats that are more dangerous and it is important to break this down for them. For example, worms are certainly more dangerous for your operating system since they don’t need any kind of human assistance in spreading out and doing their work. Even a virus comes in different forms.
Not all viruses fall under the category of Malicious Software (Malware) but being independent doesn’t mean they are not harmful. All kinds of virus harm your device. Just like how a biological virus works on a healthy human body by spreading into the system after it gets into physical contact with another infected one, computer viruses are not capable of working on their own until and unless the user has clicked on a bait link which was sent by one of the connected computers in either a local area network or over an email from any source. This is one of the few ways computer viruses spread.
What Exactly a virus does in a computer system is that it starts modifying it by writing its' own code into it without permission and effects of it can be seen in the form of slowed down functions. When a virus spreads into another computer, it duplicates itself and a copy of it is transferred into the newly infected device. To be cautious about these viruses, a basic knowledge of how they get into the system is important. Apart from emails containing virus links, there are a few more ways your device get infected. You must have heard of the phrase ‘curiosity killed the cat', that phrase certainly applies here since curiosity takes a user from one page to another and even though curiosity is not a bad thing, it may lead you to an infected website that may put the virus into your device.
Similarly, hard drives also carry viruses that may spread into all the devices that connect to it. If your computer is a part of a network it may get infected without your fault if only one device in that network comes in contact with the virus. That device will help to spread the virus into the entire network. Not all computer software and applications are safe and some of them contain viruses.
Even your computer operating system warns you sometimes before installing software when it is able to detect a virus threat in it. Not only it is advisable to not install that software after a warning from your own device, but you should also try to ignore the whole website from where you downloaded that in future because it is possible if one software is infected, the whole website may also be infected.