The term computer virus represents a computer program which can replicate itself once installed on a computer. Most people will use the term “Virus” for most types of malware found on a computer. Some of these other types of software are called adware and spyware. Typically these are not viruses as they do not replicate themselves.
The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus
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To the author of Elk Cloner, the first computer virus to be released outside of the lab, it’s sad that, 30 years after the self-replicating code’s appearance, the industry has yet to come up with a secure operating system.
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The fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is a Trojan that attempts to trick you into thinking you are infected so that you will then install and purchase one of 5 rogue anti-virus programs that it is distributing. When the Trojan is run it will masquerade as an alert from the legitimate Windows Microsoft Security Essentials Program anti-virus program. This alert will be titled Microsoft Security Essentials Alert and states that a Trojan was detected on your computer. It will list this Trojan as Unknown Win32/Trojan and state that it is a severe infection. It will then prompt you to clean your computer using the program in order to remove it. When you click on the Clean Computer or Apply actions button, it will state that it was unable to remove it and then prompt you to scan online.
If you click on the Scan Online button it will distributing rogue programs The Trojan Will then Install one of the below fake antivirus programs Windows Risk Eliminator Windows Utility Tool Windows Shield Center Windows Universal Tool Windows Health Center Windows Problems Remover Windows Problems Protector Windows Antispyware Solution Windows Security & Control Windows Optimization & Security Windows System Optimizator Red Cross Antivirus Peak Protection 2010 Pest Detector 4.1 Major Defense Kit AntiSpySafeguard or AntiSpy Safeguard Red Cross Antivirus Peak Protection 2010 Pest Detector 4.1 Major Defense Kit ThinkPoint AntiSpySafeguard or AntiSpy Safeguard.