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A virus is a computer program that could cause damage to your system. They are usually sent to a person via e-mail as an attachment. Once the reader opens the attachment, the virus can infect the computer and automatically send more e-mails to others in the e-mail address book to futher spread the virus. Action should be taken to remove viruses from a computer. Prevention (do not open unknown attachments, for example) should always be exercised.
The links below will bring you to the Sophos website which will give specific information about each virus and the tools to remove same.
A hoax is usually sent via e-mail telling the reader of some incredible event of either a positive or negative nature. For example, a reader might receive an e-mail saying to delete file xyz from their computer or that if they forward an e-mail x number of time that they will collect money. These types of e-mails are hoaxes and should be deleted. Do not take any action or forward a hoax.
The links below will bring you to the Sophos website which will give specific information about each hoax.