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It looks for pre-programmed distinguishing characteristics called virus signatures.

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It looks for distinguishing characteristics called virus signatures.

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Computer virus is the program that travels from one computer another while infecting each of them in the process. These can replicate themselves and infect the software or coded program in the host system.

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No, McAfee virus protection is not hardware. Instead, it is a software program. Hardware is the physical parts of a computer, but software is computer code. So an antivirus program is software, not hardware.

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A computer virus is a malicious program, so I am going to say that it is software.Hardware is the physical components of the computer, in other words, the parts that you can kick.

Is a virus program?

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There is no need of any Anti-virus software program for iPad or any Mac Product as they don't get any virus threat or any harm from trojan or malware.

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