Having a computer is a great thing, but it can be costly if you get a virus or download a malicious software program accidentally. When you have a computer, you need to be on the lookout for the next computer virus going around in order to keep your personal information safe while using the Internet.
According to CNET News, e-mails bearing the subject “Here You Have” or “Just for You” actually contain a malicious piece of software that tampers with computers’ security. The new mass-emailing computer virus contains a link that looks like a PDF file but in actuality is a screensaver file that initiates a virus. The virus will send the message to everyone in your e-mail address book if you are using a Windows-based operating system. It looks like the virus is capable of stealing personal information through your browser or other applications by downloading various tools.
The “Here You Have” virus is similar to when the Facebook worm program was going around back in 2008. According to PC World, a worm program was found within Facebook that would convince Facebook users to download malicious software. The Facebook worm was called “Koobface,” and it has infected many people by just simply clicking a bad link on the social networking website.
The virus is sent through Facebook messages to look like a friend has posted a video and they want you to see it. There were not that many people affected by the virus because most people know to stay away from suspicious videos and messages on Facebook. If you used up-to-date anti-virus software, then it would catch the malicious program before you had a chance to open it. The biggest aspect of Koobface was that it used the many tools and features of Facebook to spread the virus around. Koobface was so important to recognize because of the fact so many people use the social networking website, and often are unsuspecting of videos if they were sent from someone they knew. The virus was just one of many that have hit the Internet over the years, and surely there will be more to come.
Computer users can protect themselves from “Here You Have” by using an antivirus program with updated virus definitions. It is also a good idea to never open e-mail attachments or download anything if you do not know who the sender is. When you talk about computer viruses, the main thing to remember is that you need to use common sense while opening files. If you do not know what the file is or you are unsure of the sender, then you just should delete the file immediately. Never open any attachments or download any files from your e-mail if you do not know what it is because it makes you vulnerable to an attack.
Always have an anti-virus program running on your computer at all times and make sure that the virus definitions are updated on a weekly basis, which you can also set to automatically update in the program itself. You should also use virus protection in your e-mail and make sure you scan the attachments before they download so you know they are safe. You can often find free anti-virus software on the Internet through various companies, and they all work pretty well without paying the money to buy an expensive program. By using some simple anti-virus protection and using common sense, you can help decrease your odds of getting “Here You Have” and other viruses as well.
Elinor Mills, “Mass-mailing ‘Here you have’ worm hits in-boxes”, CNET News
Robert McMillan, “Facebook Worm Refuses to Die”, PC World and IGN