A computer virus can come in many different guises – an attachment on an email from a friend, a downloaded manual from your TV manufacturer’s website and even a link you click on from an e-newsletter.
And, a computer virus will wreak havoc on your world by deleting files, photos and often destroying your expensive computer along with all those important documents and memories.
Antivirus software came into use, but was updated relatively infrequently.
During this time, virus checkers essentially had to check executable files and the boot sectors of floppy disks and hard disks.
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This past year, Symantec (the makers of Norton products) quietly released two new Internet security programs (Norton Security and Norton Security with Backup) and at that same time, “ended the life” of it’s two mainstream security products, Norton 360 and Norton Internet Security. Then, in early October of 2015, Symantec announced that it was breaking up the company into two separate companies, one focused on security and the other on information management.Since you never know where you might be attacked, anti-virus software is an essential part of your computer system that should not and really cannot be ignored.But with so many antivirus packages on the market, how do you decide which one is right for you?Some people consider "The Reaper" the first antivirus software ever written – it may be the case, but it is important to note that the Reaper was actually a virus itself specifically designed to remove the Creeper virus.(note that a more recent, and precise, definition of computer virus has been given by the Hungarian security researcher Péter Szőr: "a code that recursively replicates a possibly evolved copy of itself" Most of the computer viruses written in the early and mid-1980s were limited to self-reproduction and had no specific damage routine built into the code.