How Do Viruses Spread with Spam and Email?
Most of the viruses that spread on your computer are delivered through attachments. These attachments are sent via email most often from people you know who are unaware of the virus or through spam mail that wants to advertise a message to you.
So, what happens once you receive an email infected with a virus? Emails infected with a virus usually appear like any normal email in your inbox. When the unsuspected user opens the email and the attachment, the virus executes itself and will begin to infect your computer system and other files on the computer and will erase or change information. Some viruses may do very little harm or may cause no harm at all to your computer. But other viruses may damage your computer greatly. Therefore, it is important that you install anti-virus software programs and take other security measures before a virus attacks your computer.
To avoid your computer from getting a virus, follow these suggestions:
- Do not open an email attachment unless you know whom it's from and whether or not you were expecting it.
- Delete emails immediately if you do not know the person who sent you the email.
- Upload anti-virus software on your computer and update it regularly.
- Use email programs that have built in spam filters.