Malware - what is

Updated: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 by Rad


Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer system.

Malware is dangerous by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user.

It may be stealthy, intended to steal information or spy on computer users for an extended period without their knowledge, to cause harm, often as sabotage.

Today, malware is used by both black hat hackers and governments, to steal personal, financial, or business information.

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The Internet is a dangerous place to be in the 21st century. Unscrupulous people using malicious software are finding ingenious ways to access your information or lead you into spending money.

  • Spybot - malware removed, designed for basic use but offers complex menus and information for advanced users
  • Malwarebytes - malware detection and removal software, often finds malware not detected by other tools - no real time protection with free version
  • SuperAntiSpyware - detects and removes malware, no real time protection with freeware version

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