What is spyware and malware

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I have idea about virus. But I don’t have any idea about spyware and malware.

Can anyone help me in this regard?

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What is spyware and malware


Hi Jordan Hill,

Well, you are right both of these are viruses. Spyware and Malware can be interchangeably called as such because they are pretty similar to each other; I mean they are both viruses.

Although they are similarly alike in a lot of aspects, they can be distinguished in how they behave. Malware for instance or Malicious Software is a software which illegally access your computer without you even knowing. It tends to scan and dig out information in your computer. From what it is called, we can say that it is a software that acts maliciously.

Now, Spyware is a software that tends to watch you in everything you do. From what you access in the net to what you access in your files and folders, it continuously and annoyingly spy on you. Regardless of whatever they do to your computer and to you, you must secure your computer through anti-virus software.

Mathew Joni

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What is spyware and malware


A spyware and a malware are no different from the regular virus. They all infect a person’s computer. A spyware is a program that helps in collecting information about an organization or a person without their sole knowledge. The software may send the information to another entity without the consent of the consumer or maybe establishes control over the computer still without the knowledge of the consumer.

Spyware is often classified into four types: tracking cookies, Trojans, system monitors, and adware. It is often used to track a person’s activity on the internet and delivering pop-up ads to web users. Even if the term “spyware” indicates a program that monitors a user’s computing activities, its actual function can expand beyond simple monitoring.

Malware, on the other hand, is short for malicious software. It is a kind of program used and or created by attackers to gather sensitive information, obtain access to private computer systems, or interrupt computer operation. It is usually in the form of a code, active content, scripts, and may also be any other software.

The word “malware” is the term normally used when referring to variety of forms of intrusive and or hostile software. Malware includes:

  • rootkits
  • viruses
  • ransomware​
  • keyloggers
  • worms
  • Trojan horses
  • adware
  • dialers
  • spyware
  • Malicious BHOs or Browser Helper Object
  • rogue security software, and other malicious applications

Common active malware threats are often Trojans and worms instead of viruses. One example is Beast, a backdoor Trojan horse designed for Microsoft Windows. See image.

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