Malware is the general term for any malicious or unwanted software or code. Malware includes the following:

  • Viruses - programs that attach themselves to your data or software .
  • Spyware - tries to get onto your computer without your knowledge and monitor your activities.
  • Trojans - similar to a virus but masquerade as something else, such as a game.
  • Rootkits - very hard to get rid of infections that modify deep levels of your computer's operating system. They allow malware to attack or infect your computer.
  • Worms - programs that multiply once they get onto your computer. They are annoying but not usually deliberately destructive.
  • Ad-ware - displays unwanted advertising, for example you might open your browser and an ad will appear instead of your homepage.
  • Scareware - uses social engineering techniques to cause shock or anxiety and trick users into purchasing unnecessary products (e.g. fake anti-virus software).
Last updated 15/03/2018 12.02 PM
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