A computer virus is any computer program that install themselves onto your computer and change the computer code or programs there. Viruses might also be known as malicious software (malware) or malicious code (malcode). It is code or software that is specifically designed to damage, disrupt, steal, or in general inflict some other “bad” or illegitimate action on data, hosts or networks.
There are different kinds of viruses that do slightly different things:
(list from "What is a Virus" on about.com)
Watch the video below to learn more about computer viruses and malware.
Scareware is a false security warning used by cybercriminals. These offical-looking notices warn you that your computer has a virus and claim you need to click on a link to fix it. Scareware shows up in advertisements for anitvirus software.
Anti-virus Software protects computers from infected emails and corrupt websites. Anti-virus software should contain three components: