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Practical information on viruses and how to deal with them.

The Panda Encyclopedia provides detailed information on every virus in circulation and solutions to counteract them.

With a practical focus, each virus entry provides answers to questions like "Is my computer infected by a virus?" and if so "How can I eliminate it?" or "How can I prevent it from damaging my system?"

What can I find in the encyclopedia?

The encyclopedia is fairly extensive and contains information about thousands of viruses and the corresponding solutions. Only a small amount of these viruses actually constitute a serious threat to your system and you will see that the encyclopedia has extensive, detailed information on these dangerous threats.

It is organized into individual entries for each virus, which are then divided into four sections:

  • "At a glance" section
    Main virus characteristics and a brief description of how they function and their effects.
  • "Technical details" section
    A wealth of information on the mechanics of viruses and the systems they affect. Aimed at users with some IT knowledge.
  • Prevention & cure section
    Instructions on how to detect, eliminate and protect against viruses.
  • "Statistics" section
    Displays the spread of the infections caused by viruses and the countries most affected by them. This section can determine whether a virus is expanding or not. This is particularly useful during epidemics when virus impact can vary greatly.


How to use the encyclopedia?

Whether you are a professional programmer or just a beginner, the encyclopedia will make it easy for you to find the information you need. Clicking on any virus name that appears as a hyperlink (e.g. in the Top Virus list) will take you to the virus description.

The encyclopedia also makes use of a search engine that allows you to search for any virus. The following recommendations will help you in your search:

  • If you know the name of the virus, enter it directly into the search engine. If you know any other word distinctly related to the virus, add it after the name of the virus to narrow the search field.
  • If you are using the encyclopedia but don't know the name of the virus you are looking for use key words such as: the name of the attached file, subject of the message that the virus came in or messages that appear on screen in the infected computer.

The result of the search will appear as a list of viruses arranged according to Threat Level. Selecting the links in the list will access the virus encyclopedia entry, which will include the four sections mentioned earlier.

The "At a glance" section is composed of basic and easy to understand information on a virus, while in "Technical details" more specialized information can be found. In "Prevention & cure" and you will find instructions to combat the virus and in "Statistics" you can find information on the infections a virus has caused.


New features and improvements

This encyclopedia has been designed to be highly practical for users. It is not simply a copy of previous technical information, but presents an original approach to providing information users really need.

How is a virus named?

Paradoxically, each antivirus company names a virus according to its own criteria, making it possible for a single virus to have 10 or more names, creating confusion for users.

Names used by antivirus companies can also be rather complex, including the classification of the virus. This can be useful for virus experts but not for the majority of users. Thus names such as W32/Magistr.B@mm or VBS/VBSWG.AC can confuse some users.

At Panda we have studied this problem and have established criteria based on the models for scientific naming of plants and animals. According to this model there is a scientific name and other common names for each subject. So, the scientific name for the flu virus is Influenza, the pineapple is Ananas comosus, Canis latrans vigilis is a coyote etc. But does anyone outside the scientific environment use the term Canis latrans vigilis to talk about a coyote? We don't believe so. So why should users have to use the term W97M/Evolution.B@mm, when just Evolution would do?

We assign each virus a common name and a technical name (along the lines of a scientific name). We also give the names used by other antivirus companies as the virus's alias. All of this makes identifying the virus much easier.

Real-time updated information

The dynamic content in each entry reflects the changing nature of viruses. The Threat level seen at the top of each virus is constantly reviewed depending on how the virus is spreading.

The "Statistics" section displays the development of infections caused by a virus, calculating the percentage of infected computers and the most infected countries.

A solution for each virus

The virus encyclopedia includes instructions and the necessary tools to resolve any virus incident. A different set of instructions is provided for home users and corporate networks.


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