Malware meaning

mălwâr
Malicious computer software that interferes with normal computer functions or sends personal data about the user to unauthorized parties over the Internet.
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Any unauthorized program or set of instructions, as a virus, worm, or Trojan horse, designed to disrupt the normal functioning of a computer.
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Software that is written and distributed for malicious purposes, such as impairing or destroying computer systems. Computer viruses are malware.
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(MALicious softWARE) Software designed to destroy data, steal information or aggravate the user. See fileless malware, security suite, malvertising, crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus, Trojan, PUP and wares.
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Software that is harmful or evil in intent. See also spyware, Trojan horse, virus, and worm.
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Comes in many forms and can be any program or source code producing output that the computer owner does not need, want, or expect. For example, malware can be a remote access Trojan horse that can not only open a back door to a remote computer but also control someone’s computer or network from a remote location. Malware includes viruses, worms, Trojan horses (that can, for example, spy on the system and display ads when the user least expects it), and malicious active content arriving through email or Web pages visited. These forms of malware normally run without the knowledge and permission of the user. Spy Sweeper. Malware: Are you running malicious software? [Online, 2004.] Spy Sweeper Website. http://www.spysweeper.com/malware.html.
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(computing) Software which has been designed to operate in a malicious, undesirable manner.
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Origin of malware

  • mal(icious) –ware

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of malicious and software

    From Wiktionary