The Other Harmful, Virus-Like Computer Programs

In the chapter about Make Antivirus More Effective to Detect Virus, computer viruses is a self-duplicating computer program that spreads from computer to ohers computer, interfering with software and data.

Need to know, there are other harmful computer programs that can be part of a virus, but are not considered viruses. This is because they do not have the ability to replicate him self.

These computer programs fall into three categories, that is: logic bombs, Trojan horses, and malicious software programs or deliberately harmful that run within a Web browser, an application program such as Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer that displays Web sites.

The category from A logic bomb is infects a computer’s memory, but unlike a computer virus, it does not replicate itself. A logic bomb delivers its instructions when it is triggered by a specific condition, such as when a particular date or time is reached or when a combination of letters is typed on a keyboard. A logic bomb has the ability to erase a hard drive or delete certain files.

A Trojan horse is a program that pretends to be something else. A Trojan horse may appear to be something interesting and harmless, such as a game, but when it runs it may have harmful effects. The term comes from the classic Greek story of the Trojan horse found in Homer’s Iliad.

Deliberately harmful or Malicious software programs that run within a Web browser often appear in Java applets and ActiveX controls. Although these applets and controls improve the usefulness of Web sites, they also increase a vandal’s ability to interfere with unprotected systems. Because those controls and applets require that certain components be downloaded to a user’s personal computer (PC), activating an applet or control might actually download malicious code.

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