What is Malware?

Malware, short for malicious software, is mostly created by criminals to steal personal information from computers or by hackers who are searching for fame by taking down a computer or disrupting a computer's operating system. While most of the perpetrators are usually looking for financial gain, a few just want to prove their skills by gaining access to sensitive information or by disrupting a large entity, such as a bank and/or governmental agency.

Malware is a malicious set of programming code embedded in a download or an email. It goes to work once the file is opened or executed. Malware includes:



  • Viruses
  • Ransomware
  • Malicious BHOs
  • Spyware
  • Worms
  • Trojans
  • Rootkits
  • Keyloggers
  • Dialers
  • Adware
  • Rogue Security Software (often embedded in Toolbars)

How Can I Protect Against Malware?

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