Online Safety

What is a virus?

A virus is a generic term for a piece of malicious software which can find its way onto a computer without the knowledge of the user.

Different viruses have different aims, and the term ‘virus’ is sometimes used to refer to other types of malicious software, such as malware, worms and trojans.

Ofcom supports Get Safe Online – a joint initiative between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and public and private sector sponsors.

Get Safe Online raises awareness of internet security, and helps individuals and smaller businesses in the UK to use the internet confidently and safely.

You can learn more at the Get Safe Online website.