WHAT IS MALWARE?
Malware is the general term applied to malicious software code designed to compromise PCs and Apple Macintosh computers.
This can split into a number of categories ranging from distracting and a nuisance up to destructive with potential loss of data and financial cost to users and indeed entire commercial organisations.
The majority of malware is installed from clicking on infected web links (where additional code is 'injected' into a hacked web site). Some malware can also be installed by opening email attachments containing .zip files, although this can usually be avoided by being vigilant and observing the usual practice of not opening emails from unknown senders etc.
Broadly speaking the categories are:
HOW DOES ANTI-MALWARE DIFFER FROM ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS?
Antivirus programs traditionally have focused on viruses and other “older” malware threats. With the rapid rise of polymorphic malware and advanced tools to create malware in the past 10 years, antivirus failures have become commonplace.
However, traditional antivirus solutions still catch the older, more established legacy threats. That’s why a layered security approach that includes an anti-malware, an antivirus, anti-exploit technology, and a firewall is now universally encouraged.
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