Email viruses, which account for the majority of computer viruses, can compromise sensitive data, harm hardware and waste critical resources. User-downloaded viruses are responsible for 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 attacks per day.
What Is an Email viruses?
Email viruses are commonly linked to phishing attacks, and many rely on user naivety to infect devices and spread. Others are hidden in stealthy social engineering attacks and employ advanced techniques like masquerading as a seemingly harmless file by changing their signature, making these viruses highly difficult to detect and avoid.
Types of Email Viruses
There are many different types of email viruses, and new zero-day viruses are rapidly emerging.
A few of the most dangerous types of email viruses include:
Boot Sector Viruses
These viruses spread on the master boot record, making them very difficult to remove and frequently resulting in a full system reformat.
Direct Action Viruses
When a user clicks on a file infected with a direct action virus, the attached virus is activated and continues to spread.
This type of virus infects files, installs itself on a PC and can persist even after the primary source of the virus is removed.
These viruses can infect the boot sector as well as files on a computer and can spread extremely rapidly and be very difficult to remove.
When installed on a device, this type of spyware enables a malicious actor to track and log the keys that the user strikes on his or her keyboard, capturing sensitive information that is typed without the user's knowledge.
This type of virus changes its signature when it reproduces, masquerading as a different and seemingly harmless file.
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