A computer virus is a program that can replicate itself and load itself onto your computer without your knowledge. Viruses attach themselves to programs and files in order to spread from one computer to another. Even a simple virus is dangerous because it can quickly use up the computer's memory, causing the computer to stop functioning.
If you THINK YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED, immediately turn off your computer and unplug your computer's network cable (the cable that looks similar to a telephone cord), then contact the ITS Help Desk at (850) 474-2075.
Often, the anti-virus software on your computer will notify you if it detects a virus or suspicious file, and will give you the option to delete or clean it. As different viruses have different affects on your computer, the keen user is often the next best method of detection. Become suspicious if your computer starts functioning in an unusual or atypical manner.
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