What is Malware?
Malware (malicious software) is software designed to infiltrate and/or damage a laptop or desktop computer. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, scare ware and more. It can be present on websites and emails or hidden in downloadable files, photos, videos, freeware or shareware. Viruses: Malware programs that can reproduce itself and infect other computers. Spyware: Surreptitiously monitors and collects information about you, your computer and/or your browsing habits without your consent — usually for advertising purposes. It can also gather info from your address book, and even your passwords and credit card numbers. Unlike viruses and worms, spyware does not usually self-replicate. Scare ware: You're surfing the net and suddenly an official-looking screen pops up warning you there is a problem on your computer, such as: "Your computer may be infected with harmful spyware programs. Immediate removal is required. To scan, click 'Yes'". You're not sure if it's real or not, so what do you do? Be careful, this might be scare ware. If there's any doubt, you can close your browser immediately by pressing ALT+F4 this will prevent any scare ware from loading.