The Virus Lab – What is a Rootkit? (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a Rootkit? (in plain English)

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether or not your computer has been compromised. Hackers and people who create viruses want you to believe that your computer is clean, despite the hidden infections that are stealing your passwords and information. Rootkits are especially good at hiding: people are often shocked after FixMeStick scans that detect these viruses as they can go undetected for ages.

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The Virus Lab – What is a Trojan (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a Trojan (in plain English)

For our second instalment of The Virus Lab series, we will be looking at Trojans. You may be familiar with the story of ancient Troy but, if not, here it is in a nutshell. The Ancient Greeks had been sieging the ancient city of Troy for roughly 10 years and were no closer to gaining entrance to the city. Odysseus, a Greek king, thought of building a giant statue of a horse (the symbol of Troy) as a fake gift for the city. Inside the hollowed out wooden horse, many Greek soldiers would be hiding. The people of Troy, thinking the Greeks had given up, took the Greek “gift” into the city, only to then have the Greek soldiers pour out and take over Troy.

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The Virus Lab – What is a virus (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a virus (in plain English)

Traditionally the word virus refers to a small infection that thrives and infects another living organism through its cells. Not surprisingly, this medical definition resembles the definition of a computer virus. A computer virus is a software program that is able to get onto your computer and infect its surroundings. (For more information on how viruses get on your computer please click here) Similarly to a biological virus, a computer virus can replicate itself in order to infect a greater part of your computer or more computers. When viruses infect humans we are left feeling sickly and exhausted, your computer experiences the same effects but they manifest themselves a little differently: viruses take up power and space on your computer, slowing down startup and programs. Read more