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What is the difference between Virus & Spam Protection?  To understand the difference between virus and spam protection you need to understand the difference between what a virus is and what spam is.

A virus is a computer program designed to infect and cause harm to a computer without the permission or knowledge of the owner.

Spam is social network nuisance, it is basically an unsolicited commercial advertisement distributed online.  While some spam can be harmful,  the majority of spam is advertising gone array.

As you can see virus and spam are two different woes for PC users each requires a separate software program to combat it.  Virus protection stops viruses, spam protection stops spam.