Let’s take a look at some terminologies to be familiar with an anti-virus. All information is based on the infographic below.
A computer virus is a program that can copy itself, and infect a computer and spread from one computer to another. Some viruses do nothing beyond reproducing themselves. Kind of like cancer cells.
A malware is short for malicious software. It is designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. It may be any form of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.
A computer worm is a self replicating malware computer program which uses a computer network to send copies itself to other computers on the network without any user intervention due to security shortcomings on the target computer.
A Trojan horse derives its name from the Ancient myth of the Greeks fighting the defenders of the city of Anatolia.
The computer virus has been around for many years. According to the infographic, the earliest data we have is from 1971 where the Creeper virus was born.
Some facts and figures on viruses based on this infographic is that there are approximately 6,000 new computer viruses released every month.
If that doesn’t convince you to get an anti-virus, I don’t know what will.
Here’s additional information: 2.6 million amount of malicious code threats were present at the start of 2009, and the amount of spam email was between 88-92% of email messages sent in the first half of 2010.
Two sources of viruses are when it is acquired from sharing infected files or by downloading infected files from the internet. Be careful of your autocad files, they might get infected with a virus.