Black Hills State University offers Anti-Virus services that protect against harmful computer viruses. The latest Microsoft virus and malware protection can be obtained at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/virus-malware.aspx. Apple devices can obtain iAntivirus from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iantivirus/id523947195. Linux devices can obtain Avast from http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download. The most current available version of these anti-virus software packages will be considered the default standard.
What is a virus?
A virus is a program that can "infect" programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved, copy of itself. It is a program that infects a computer by attaching itself to another program, and propagating itself when that program is executed. A computer can become infected by files downloaded over a network, or by the installation of new software or floppy disks that are infected with viruses. Some viruses are only pranks, and perform harmless actions like displaying a screen with a joke message on it. Others can destroy files or wipe out a hard drive. Read definitions for virus related terms like trojan horse or worm...
How can I keep from getting a virus?
To avoid damage from viruses, write-protect the boot disk and other important disks, check new software or disks for viruses, and have virus protection software installed on your computer at all times. Disinfectant programs must be updated periodically because new viruses get into circulation over time.
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