Viruses are often spread by email, either by someone forwarding an infected document to another user or by self-propagating, automatically sending email to everyone in the infected computers address book. Viruses can erase data or interrupt the computer’s operating system.
Malware is malicious software designed to destroy or capture information on the computer without the owner knowing. It is usually attached to an email or software.
Reduce the risk of downloading viruses or malware by not clicking on links or opening email attachments that were unexpected and run anti-virus software.