The terrorist for the technology world are computer viruses. They attack without conscience, hitting you hard and fast while destroying important data, machines and countless hours of people’s work. Applications like email, instant messaging and even the simple web browsing are usually easy targets for viruses. Once they have lurked in your system, it is by far damaged and hard to cure. Here are the top viruses that you should be aware of:
The Sinister Sircam:
A header like: “I sent you this file in order to have your advice” seems like a harmless email header. This is usually the type that a trusting user will open right away. Sircams wrath sneaks into people’s PC and then sending random documents to email addresses in their address book. Not only this but they go around deleting files and vandalizing hard drives with useless junk making people frustrated and miserable.
The most wide spread internet virus in just 22 minutes. This virus is unstoppable and infects computers without any guilt via email and network shares. Nimda is “admin” spelled backwards. Compromised websites, and used back doors left by code red.
Code Red Invasion:
It was believed that this virus originated from the Philippines. This is a plague that brought corporate networks to their knees last July 13, 2001. It hacked hundreds and thousands of global computers with endless waves of infections and owned them like puppies. The website of the Whitehouse was one of the targets.
Mayhem of Melissa
This was named after a lap dancer that a programmer wanted to impress. This mass mailing macro virus engulfed email systems way back in 1999. They brought virulent messages and pilfered email addresses from computers to which it sends itself to further propagate. Spam filters were invented to avoid their attacks.
Elk Cloner’s Conundrum
It started as a well-orchestrated prank and became as one of the most annoying and elusive computer viruses. EC was an old school virus that started last 1982 that broadened its reach through floppy disks and displays silly messages on a screen when a program was accessed.