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False negative
A false negative error occurs when anti-virus software fails to indicate that an infected file is...
False positive
A false positive error occurs when anti-virus software wrongly claims that a virus is infecting a...
FAQ
These are usually documents or web pages that list frequently asked questions about a particular...
Fast infector
Fast infector viruses, when active in memory, infect not only executed programs, but also other...
FAT [File Allocation Table]
The term FAT is used to describe the file system used by Microsoft® MS-DOS, Windows® 9x...
Fatal Exception Error
Windows gives this type of error when a program attempts access invalid data or code or if an...
FDISK/MBR
If you have MS-DOS version 5.0 or later, the command FDISK/MBR can remove viruses that infect the...
File Transfer Protocol - FTP
Is a protocol that is used to transfer data between two computers.
File viruses
File viruses usually replace or attach themselves to COM and EXE files. They can also infect...
Firewall
A firewall prevents computers on a network from communicating directly with external computer...
Flame
Is an extremely angry and obnoxious email or message that has no valid content or criticism and...
Flame War
Is a series of Flaming Messages sent back and forth between different people on a message board...
Flamer
Is someone who intentionally flames another.
Flaming
Is the act of  posting messages usually to a message boards that are purposely hostile and...
Floppy Disk
Is a removable piece of media that allows you to write data to it for storage. The two most...
Floppy Drive
A device that allows your computer to read floppy disks. In the past there were three types of...
Foistware
Is a term used to describe software downloaded to a computer without the owner's knowledge, which...
Format
To prepare a storage medium, usually a disk, for reading and writing. When you format a disk, the...
Fram
Spam forwarded to you by a family member, friend or colleague.
Freeware
Free software that you can download from the Internet. Unlike shareware, for which you eventually...
Freeze
This term is used to signify when your computer gets locked up.  The computer no longer...
Frontside Bus
Also known as the System Bus.  This term is generally used when talking about the abilities...
FTP Client
A piece of software that you run on computer that will connect to an FTP Server to download or...
FTP Server
An FTP Server is a piece of software that is running on a computer and uses the File Transfer...
FYI
Is computer slang for the phrase "For your information".

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