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Screen Savers

Screen saver

On a Microsoft Windows computer a .SCR file is a screen saver. As screen savers are just computer programs they are a useful way of inserting a virus into your computer. Typically SCR viruses come as an attachment to an e-mail. The text urges the recipient to click the attached file by promising perhaps a funny cartoon or enticing picture.

Once clicked the virus then installs itself onto your computer. As the SCR file pretends to be something else it is another example of a Trojan. Perhaps the most famous example of a SCR virus is the SOBIG worm, which installed software to send spam.

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