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An e-mail virus is computer code sent to you as an
http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/definition/e-maile-mail note attachment which, if activated, will cause some unexpected and usually harmful effect, such as destroying certain files on your hard disk and causing the attachment to be remailed to everyone in your address book. Although not the only kind of computer
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/virusvirus, e-mail viruses are the best known and undoubtedly cause the greatest loss of time and money overall. The best two defenses against e-mail viruses for the individual user are:
(1) a policy of never opening (for example, double-clicking on) an e-mail attachment unless you know who sent it and what the attachment contains, and (2) installing and using
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/antivirus-softwareanti-virus software to scan any attachment before you open it.
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/firewallfirewall servers also attempt, but not always successfully, to filter out e-mail that may carry a virus attachment.
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/macro-virusmacro virus and the
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/ILOVEYOU-virusILOVEYOU virus are among the most famous e-mail viruses. Each of these also spawned copycat variations with different words in the subject line.