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Computer Knowledge Virus Tutorial

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This is a tutorial on computer viruses. It discusses what computer viruses are, gives some history, and discusses protection from viruses. A listing of anti-virus software vendors is also available.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: March 24, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 30, 2016
Submitter: Emrah Orhun


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Paul Burwick
2 years ago

Paul Burwick (Student)

This is a great tutorial on the topic of viruses. It is turough in its explanation of viruses and their different types. The material was first entered in 2001. However, the topic is no less succient 13 years later. The site was also updated in 2013. This would be a great tool in the classrooom as instructional as well as practical application.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour

Avatar for Cathy Swift
6 years ago

Cathy Swift (Administrator)

This tutorial is very detailed and well organized. Well defined terms and links are plentiful for explanation.

Avatar for Barbara Myers
8 years ago

Barbara Myers (Faculty)

Although dated, some of this material is still viable.

Avatar for Lianna Wright
9 years ago

Lianna Wright (Faculty)

I gave this tutorial an OK but not great rating because the information while useful is dated. I believe the general public is aware of viruses and how to protect their computers against them. What was revealing was the history of viruses which were found in 1986 by Dr. Solomon. This part of the narrative discussed MS-DOS which today's computer generation is probably unfamiliar with. The history part of the narrative was very fascinating. This tutorial would be an excellent reading and writing assignment for a computer literacy class, and a quiz can be developed from it.

Technical Remarks:

Pages loaded by quickly. Navigation buttons worked.

Avatar for James Schmidt
13 years ago

James Schmidt

This site has accurate, easily understood information about viruses, their
transmission and protection from them. This site is well-organized and the
tutorial can even be downloaded to local machines. Great site!
Used in course

Avatar for   okamoto
13 years ago

okamoto (Student)

this is a nice site. there are basic knowledge of virus, and this is clearly
organized, so it is easy to read and understand
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Avatar for   Fischer
13 years ago

Fischer (Student)

This website starts with the very basics of viruses to a more complicated level.
The explanations make a lot of sense without using a lot of computer lingo.
It's very easy to navigate to the next page; the hardware and software items
were a definite plus to add.
I would recommend this for any computer training class to help people understand
It's designed for beginning to intermediate users, and the content is very
fluid. Good job on this page.

Technical Remarks:

very easy to navigate, maybe put in a previous page button. A couple of the
images didn't open in my browser, and the advertisements can be annoying.
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Avatar for Cyndee Hyman
13 years ago

Cyndee Hyman (Student)

Nice site for help with viruses and just basic information on viruses.

Avatar for Rosie McGhee
14 years ago

Rosie McGhee (Faculty)

The information was very helpful and useful for students as well as other
faculty I mentioned it to. I spent about 30 minutes browsing it. It provides
good information for those who simply can?t understand why viruses exist and how
to get rid of them, if you can. It was easy to navigate through out the page
and having the tutorial in .pdf allowed me to save the file on hard drive and it
also makes it easy to print and read. It is a very effective tool for intro
computer classes. First time users may not be very comfortable with the
navigating vehicle, but once directed, they will catch on very fast.
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Avatar for Steven Leach
14 years ago

Steven Leach (Student)

Information was very useful and insightful. In looking over this site the
information was very good but could have been better utilized on paper. Most
people who utilize distance learning use something to keep the learner involved.
This might as well have been a handout or article in print form.

Time Spent Reviewing Tutorial: 10-15 Minutes

Content Rating: Good Content, useful to those unaware of virus and virus types.

Usage: This would be a good supplement to a class, to make learners aware of

Ease of Materials: Easy to follow, starts very basic, and builds upon previous

Technical Remarks:

This was a simple page that any person could post. Lay out was not pleasing to
the eye and pages were static. It was hard to distinguish one page from the
next. Although the site did have good consistency from page to page, the site
was just hypertext links, which from my position do not involve the learners. I
found the ads at the top and bottom of the pages to be very distracting, and
unprofessional. I think in the case of this site the redeeming quality of the
site was the content.
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Avatar for Ebony Cromartie
14 years ago

Ebony Cromartie (Student)

Great Site. It explained Both hardware and software failure is still a leading
cause of computer problems and not viruses. Good for beginners because it
explained everything from the meaning, history, characteristics to the reasons.

Avatar for Angela Ambrosia
14 years ago

Angela Ambrosia (Faculty)

I spent about 30 minutes reviewing the material and will definitely use this
link to get a quick and easy tutorial on viruses, its
history, and their function.

It uses a student-centered approach where it answers questions that are most confusing in the understanding of how viruses work.

The quality of the work is outstanding and is updated on a monthly basis when

Technical Remarks:

The interface is appealing with easy navagability.

Avatar for Mehdi Zadeh
14 years ago

Mehdi Zadeh (Student)

Well done. The user has a good chance of understanding viruses and what they