ii) What anti-virus authors allegedly spend their time writing so we all have to buy their anti-virus programs to remove the viruses that they allegedly wrote in the first place, thus making them rich, and us poorer.
3. A test designed to measure the stupidity of the average internet user by seeing how many of them open up infected attachments in emails, despite thousands of warnings not to be so dumb.
heres a tip: Do not run multiple virus software as they will try to compete with eachother and essentially do not work propperly. I suggest visiting www.download.com and try AVAST. You could also get a subscription service like norton and mcafee. also remember that virus software always needs to be updated and quite freqwently or else its ussless as viruses constanly change and new definitions are added.
Also keep firewalls active but just like software do not have competing firewalls. Windows xp sp2 has an integrated firewall but if that doesnt fit your bill you could try zone alarm.
Install a router, seems like everyone has em now anyway but it does keep you hidden. For those who know how to port forward be weary of your virtual ports. check them freaqwently to see if theres any activity. Theres reports of viruses being active in bittorent protocal also.
MOST IMPORTANT: never giv your I.P. to anyone.
2) A harmful computer program that spreads itself to other computers once contracted, somewhat like its biological counterpart.
2) The only vaccination for this type of virus - common sense - seems to be constantly in short supply, which would account for people constantly opening strange or bogus attachments and (surprise, surprise) getting a virus.