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Microsoft Windows Vista On Demand by Steve Johnson - Perspection, Inc.

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Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks

Understanding Harmful Attacks

Using the Internet can expose your computer to a wide variety of harmful attacks, such as viruses, worms, and Trojan Horses. These attacks can come through e-mail, file transferring, and even possibly through Java and ActiveX, which are both programming languages used to enhance web pages.

A virus is an executable program whose functions range from just being annoying to causing havoc to your computer. A virus may display an innocuous warning on a particular day, such as Friday the 13th, or it may cause a more serious problem, such as wiping out your entire hard disk. Viruses are found in executable (.exe and .com) files, along with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel macro ...

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