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Stopping Viruses

Although Windows XP provides a lot of tools for handling various problems you might have with your PC, fighting viruses is completely up to you. Computer viruses are programs that have the following characteristics:

  • They carry harmful payloads (erase files, transmit data to other computers, prevent systems from starting, and so on).

  • They can spread themselves to other computers via email, instant messaging (IM), infected files, or infected boot sectors.


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