What is Malware?

There is a season when the flu starts spreading and infecting people. People suffer headache, sore throat and fell chill. Instead of suffering chills and body aches, users can fall ill from a kind of machine malady—malware. For PCs, smartphones, tablets, and enterprise networks, it’s always flu season.

Malware is an umbrella term for a number of malicious software that causes damage to a system, including viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware and ransomware. It will interfere with the normal function of users’ devices. Malware is designed to steal the user’s sensitive personal information and monitor their activity on the device without their permission. The ultimate purpose of the designer is to illegally make money from others via malware.  

Today we are going to know more about malware by starting with the common types of malware.

Virus

A virus is a malicious software attached to a document or file that supports macros to execute the code and spreads from host to host. They are usually displayed as an executable file (.exe).  

Worm

A worm can erase something and / or replace it with something else. It uses each successively infected machine to infect others.

Trojan

Just as Greek soldiers hiding in a huge horse to fend off their attack, this type of malware hides in legitimate software or disguises itself as such. Their goal is to steal information and / or grant further access to the system.  

Spyware

Spyware was designed to spy on a user’s activity. This type of malware, hidden in the background, gathers information without the user’s knowledge.

Adware

Adware is a relatively harmless software used to collect data and provide appropriate advertising for you.  

Ransomware

Ransomware is malicious software that gains access to sensitive information within a system, encrypts that information so that the user can not access it until it gets a monetary payment to release the data.

You can also use a VPN service to protect you from malware infection.

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