Virus and malware attacks are growing and evolving everyday, primarily on large networks like Towson University. The Office of Technology Services (OTS) has taken considerable measures to protect the campus network-including campus computers and email-from these types of attacks.
A computer virus is a program that makes copies of itself, attaches to other programs, and performs unwanted or malicious actions when it runs.
They are designed to corrupt and delete data or spread themselves to other computers. They can become a huge headache by slowing things down and causing other problems in the process.
If an infected file is run on your computer, then it will start copying itself to other files on your computer as you are working. It could be a file on a disk, one that you have copied from the network or one that you have downloaded from the Internet. It can also begin copying itself across the network or through email.
Some viruses are meant to be harmless and display something on the screen, but others can wipe out important data on your hard drive. Viruses can also send large numbers of emails to individuals in your address book.
While it is sometimes difficult to stop a virus from gaining access to your computer, there are many ways you can hold them off:
Malware is unwanted software that was not specifically installed by the user. It is designed to infiltrate and steal information from a computer system without the owner’s knowledge or consent. Malware can include: