Infosec Know IT All Trivia: Virus prevention

How much do you know about preventing viruses in your organizaton? Find out here.

Test your knowledge of virus prevention with these trivia questions. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the correct answer. If you answer them all correctly, you can call yourself an Infosec Know IT All!

1.) Bugbear has the ability to...
a. spread via its own SMTP engine.
b. install a key-logging program that can harvest sensitive information.
c. exploit a MIME and an IFRAME vulnerability in some versions of Outlook.
d. spoof addresses found on a machine's hard drive.
e. All of the above.

2.) Saving an attachment to your hard drive before opening it offers virus protection because...
a. Attachments carrying viruses will only infect your machine if they are executed within the e-mail client.
b. It gives your antivirus software another opportunity to scan the file as it is being written to your machine.
c. File extensions are stripped from the attachment.
d. Virus-infected files accessed from a hard drive cause less damage than those accessed from an e-mail client.
e. None of the above.

3.) Which of the following is a warning of a potential virus-carrying e-mail?
a. The message is from someone you don't know.
b. You receive multiple copies of the same e-mail.
c. It is humorous, friendly, campy in nature, but it's from a professional contact.
d. The message is very short but stresses or encourages you to view the attachment.
e. All of the above.

4.) There are three main classes of viruses. What is the name for the class that infects executable code found in certain system areas on a disk?
a. file infectors
b. malware
c. system or boot-record infectors
d. macro viruses
e. None of the above

5.) This self-replicating type of malware does not alter files but resides in active memory and duplicates itself.
a. virus
b. worm
c. Trojan horse
d. macro virus

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1.) e. All of the above.
For more information on Bugbear, visit our Featured Topic.

2.) b. It gives your antivirus software another opportunity to scan the file as it is being written to your machine.
For more information on eliminating VBS worms and viruses, read this Virus Prevention Tip.

3.) e. All of the above.
To learn more about recognizing potential virus-carrying e-mails, read this tip, Executable e-mail attachments.

4.) c. system or boot-record infectors
For more information on types of malicious code, read the WhatIs definition of malware.

5.) b. worm
For more information on the difference between viruses and worms, read this Ask the Expert Q&A.

This was last published in December 2003

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