Malware

Malware. Short for “malicious software,” malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. … Common examples of malware include viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spyware.

Cyber criminals specifically program malware to be stealthy so that it can stay on the system for extended periods of time without the consent or knowledge of the user. Malicious software usually disguises itself as clean programs.

But while the effects of such malicious software often are harmful for users, they are devastating for companies. If spread through a network, malware can cause widespread damage and disruption, necessitating extensive recovery efforts within organizations.

Here are a few tips on how to prevent malware from infecting your computer, keeping your hardware safe.

  1. Install Anti-Virus/Malware Software. …
  2. Keep Your Anti-Virus Software Up to Date. …
  3. Run Regularly Scheduled Scans with Your Anti-Virus Software. …
  4. Keep Your Operating System Current. …
  5. Secure Your Network. …
  6. Think Before You Click.

What is the difference between a virus and malware?
A virus is considered malware; therefore there really is no difference. The term ‘malware’ is used as a way describe any malicious software including: adware, spyware, worms, trojans, and viruses.