What Is Malware?

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. While it is sometimes software, it can also appear in the form of script or code. Malware is a general term used to describe any kind of software or code specifically designed to exploit a computer, or the data it contains, without consent.

Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, most rootkits, and other malicious programs.

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