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Malicious software that can be used to steal data, compromise computer functionality, and cause other harm to computers. Malware is the generic term that refers to many different types of nasty software that can infect your computer.
A Virus is malware that copies itself and spreads to other computers. Viruses like to attach themselves to other software like a parasite and execute code when a user launches that particular software. This malware can be used to steal information, harm the computer, popup advertisements and more.
Potentially the most destructive and fastest growing form of malware, Ransomware encrypts users data and then demands a ransom to decrypt it again. Ransomware also usually encrypts any automated backup services and any other computers it can find on the network. Typically the Ransomware demands payment in the form of Bitcoins to help the creators evade detection by authorities. Ransomware usually infects a computer through a rogue email attachment such as a PDF or Word document.
This is a type of malware that focuses on delivering annoying advertisements and pop-up ads on your desktop and websites you visit. This software is often bundled with different types of "free" software. Most adware serves as a revenue generating tool made by advertisement companies. This software is capable of tracking user activity and sometimes stealing information.
Rootkits are one of the hardest types of malware to find. They actively hide their presence and use many tactics to evade traditional antivirus solutions. Rootkits can be programmed to execute files, steal information, modify system files or remotely control your computer.
This malware spies on user activity without their knowledge. Spyware can collect keystrokes or harvest account login information and financial data. Spyware can infect your computer by being bundled with other legitimate programs or sometimes other viruses.
Commonly known as a "Trojan," this type of malware allows remote access to your computer. Once a malicious party has remote access they can steal data, install software, monitor the user by screen watching or keylogging or turning on webcams.
Worms are a specialized type of virus that usually causes harm to their host computer or network by consuming large amounts of bandwidth or overloading web servers. Generally Worms also contain malicious code payloads that can steal data, delete user files, or create Botnets. Worms can self replicate and spread without any user interaction and generally are spread by sending mass emails with attachments to infect other users.
Bots are usually used in Botnets (large collections of computers controlled by third parties). This software hijacks your computer and many others to be used in other illegal activities without your consent. Bots are generally used to perform denial of service attacks on websites and distributing other malware on download sites.