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What is a Computer Worm?

Computer worms are nasty bugs that self-replicate and slow your computer to a crawl. Don't let yourself become a victim of malware!


What is a computer worm

Worms are self-replicating programs that spread through networks of machines.

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    Where a worm comes from

    Common ways of transmitting worms include attachments, file-sharing networks and links to malicious websites.

    How to recognize a PC worm

    Because worms consume a large amount of system memory or network bandwidth, servers, network servers and individual computers often stop responding.

    How to remove a worm

    To remove a worm, simply run a scan for malware using antivirus software. Once any worms are detected and deleted, your computer should be completely safe to use.

    How to prevent computer worms

    • Be careful with file-sharing networks and suspicious attachments and/or links.

    • Maintain up-to-date antivirus protection, preferably with a firewall.

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