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Virus Scan Information

General Virus Information

A computer virus is a program designed to replicate and spread on its own. Computer viruses spread by attaching themselves to another program or to the boot sector of a disk. Virus' typically are written to adversely affect your computer by altering the way it looks or works without your knowledge or permission. In some cases virus' can be extremely destructive, erasing a disk or corrupting programs.

Types of Virus Scan Programs

McAfee VirusScan

McAfee VirusScan technology detects and removes all the types of known viruses from any source-including e-mail attachments, Internet downloads, shared disks, and CD-ROMs. McAfee VirusScan software also detects destructive ActiveX and Java applets, which are often downloaded without your knowledge while you browse.

Where do I Purchase McAfee VirusScan, and how much does it cost?
Any store that sells computer hardwares and softwares. Also available online.
Cost: estimated approximately $40.

Norton AntiVirus

Norton AntiVirus repairs common virus infections automatically, without interrupting your work. It scans and cleans both incoming and outgoing email, and defends against script-based viruses. Built-in links take you directly to the Symantec Security Response Web site for additional information on specific viruses.

Where do I Purchase Norton AntiVirus, and how much does it cost?
Any store that sells computer hardwares and softwares. Also available online.
Cost: estimated approximately $40.