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Malware 101

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Malware is code or software that is specifically designed to damage, disrupt, steal or inflict some type of bad or illegitimate action on data, hosts or networks. Malware programs take many different forms, and each carries its own threats and potential problems. This list provides an overview of the most common and damaging malware types.

Virus. Computer viruses are the most common type of malware and the most widely known form of malicious software. They enter computers and infect files by inserting their code.

Worm. Worms are programs that make copies of themselves in different places on a computer. The objective of this type of malware is usually to saturate computers and networks, preventing them from being used. Worms are standalone software and do not require a host program or human help to spread.

Trojan horse. Trojan is a type of malware that disguises itself as a normal file or program to trick the users into downloading and installing malware. Trojans don’t destroy computers or even files, because they have bigger targets: your financial information and your computer’s system resources.

Adware. The term Adware is short for advertising-supported software. This type of malware litters your desktop with popup ads, even when your browser is not open.

Spyware. Spyware is a sneaky program that tracks and reports your computing activity without consent. Spyware does not cause direct damage to your software, but having your sensitive data uncovered is more than enough cause for concern.

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