How Computer Viruses Work
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How Computer Viruses Work


How Computer Viruses Work

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This site gives a great explanation on computer viruses and infestations, types of infections, an explanation of how they spread, and prevention methods.
Material Type: Tutorial
Date Added to MERLOT: May 28, 2003
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 16, 2011
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Submitter: Lisa Dubuc


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  • User review 5 average rating
  • User Rating: 5 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
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  • Personal Collections (9)
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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka
10 years ago

Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka (Faculty)

Very useful site to augment a classroom discussion on Internet worms and
viruses. Very visually appealing and the information is very accurate. Includes
some data on the history of viruses which was very interesting.
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Avatar for Ron Poland
11 years ago

Ron Poland (Faculty)

This tutorial was selected for an online class assignment. I read the entire
article and found it to be well written with applicable graphics and references
to known operating systems and known viruses.

Technical Remarks:

The technical components of the tutorial seemed to be correct. Material of this
type can become dated very quickly.
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