How Can You Send Someone a Virus?

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A computer virus can be sent to anyone through an email. Such emails contain a software link that entices the receiver to click on the link and the virus is installed on the receiver’s computer. The virus is installed on the computer’s hard drive.

A virus can also be sent by sending documents or images as an attachment. The receiver clicks on the attachment and once the file is downloaded, the virus is installed on the computer.

A virus is a computer software program that can be created by anyone with a little knowledge of computer programming. It infects the computer and causes the hardware as well as the operating system to malfunction. When a computer begins to behave abnormally, it is probably infected by a virus.