Virus email updating my address book

It might result in a threatening message, erased hard drives, frozen computers or corrupt files. The damage delivered is known as the virus's payload, and it can hit right away, after a specific allotted time after delivery, or the virus may go off on all infected computers on a predetermined day and time.

So the next time you get an email with an attachment from a friend—and it seems perhaps just a little unusual—think twice before opening it.

Try using a meaningful sentence as the basis of your new password.

One way computer viruses find their way onto computers is through emails or, specifically, attachments that are sent with an email.

A virus lurking in an email is like what you've see in old crime shows on TV, where someone receives a package in the mail and inside there's a bomb. It will look like every other email you get, but inside there's danger in the form of a hidden computer program that will hurt your computer and/or steal data from you and others.

Sending email to your friends and family isn't the end goal for hackers.

They want to separate you from your money and that means that they'll try to install keyloggers to get your passwords and other malware.

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