STDs ARE SPREAD EASIER THROUGH E-MAIL
Questions from FAQs About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
What is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
How common are STDs?
If your computer is infected with a boot sector virus, the virus tries to write copies of itself to the system areas of floppy disks and hard disks. Then the infected floppy disks may infect other computers that boot from them, and the virus copy on the hard disk will try to infect still more floppies.
How can I avoid getting an STD?
The recent outbreak of the Melissa virus was a vivid demonstration of the need to be extremely careful when you receive e-mail with attached files or documents. Just because an e-mail appears to come from someone you trust, this does NOT mean the file is safe or that the supposed sender had anything to do with it.
Why is knowing whether I have an STD important if I am pregnant or
planning to become pregnant?
Viruses have the potential to infect any type of executable code, not just the files that are commonly called "program files." For example, some viruses infect executable code in the boot sector of floppy disks or in system areas of hard drives.
What should I do if I think I might have an STD?
1. If you haven't used a good, up-to-date anti-virus program on your computer, do that first. Many problems blamed on viruses are actually caused by software configuration errors or other problems that have nothing to do with a virus.
2. If you do get infected by a virus, follow the directions in your anti-virus program for cleaning it. If you have backup copies of the infected files, use those to restore the files. Check the files you restore to make sure your backups weren't infected.
Are sexually transmitted infections (STIs) different from sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs)?
The FAQ Part 1/4 includes an excellent section on initial steps for dealing with a suspected infection. Just because your computer is acting strangely or one of your programs doesn't work right, this does NOT mean that your computer has a virus.
***Note that viruses can't do any damage to hardware***