What is a Computer Virus?
Akin to a virus that exists in the biological world, a computer virus is a digital program that intrudes into a specific entity and subsequently reproduces itself and causes damage and harm to the contents of that computer. Computer viruses can be created with the intent to cause harm. In other cases, the creation of computer viruses can be purely accidental. The expressed origin and intent latent within a specific computer virus will typically mandate any applicable, legal sentencing.
What is Virus Protection?
Virus Protection is a type of software that is designed in order to protect a computer terminal or computational networking system from the destruction that can be caused by a computer virus. Virus Protection can take place in a variety of methods:
Virus Protection can deter the entry of viruses into computer systems by creating a filter that disallows the entry of foreign or unrecognized programs.
In the event that a program that is otherwise unfamiliar to the Virus Protection program wishes to gain access to a computer’s framework, the Virus Protection program will prompt the user with the option to allow a specific program entry. Upon this prompt, a Virus Protection program will typically explain the innate risks of a virus upon access to a computer or network.
Virus Protection programs can also perform routine searches spanning the entirety of the contents located within an individual computer terminal which are targeted to identify and expel any software perceived to be harmful to the inner-workings of that computer terminal.