The term "computer virus" is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojans, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, crimeware, and other malicious and unwanted software, including true viruses.
Computer viruses are one of the most common threats to a computer. Any online computer can be attacked by viruses and other online threats. A virus infected computer can transmit the viruses to other connected computers in a network.
Viruses can harm your computer in a variety of ways - corrupt data, corrupt the hard disk, delete the operating system files and crash the system.
Sophos Antivirus is the corporate antivirus application provided and supported at the University of Newcastle.
As part of the on campus Managed Operating Environment (MOE), Sophos is automatically installed on all University owned computers.
The Sophos campus site licence also covers installation on computers owned by staff and students of the University of Newcastle.
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Visit the Sophos Antivirus website for further details about antivirus protection, including information on 'Simple steps to defend against viruses, spyware and adware'.