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What is malware and how to remove it

What is Malware?

Many of us don't know the difference between viruses and malware and what the purpose of them. We think virus and malware are different than each other.  However malware is general term that includes viruses and we need to know which tool is beneficial for which malware. Malware not only includes viruses but further consist of worms, Trojans, adware and spyware. Any software which is used to damage the computer is called malware. It may be by exploiting some behavior of any software or by sending the information from a computer to any unauthorized person.


Viruses are malware that multiply themselves and make data corrupt or block user from taking particular actions that they otherwise would be allowed to take.


Spyware is software program that is used to collect data about the user of the system which may include sensitive information such as bank account, credit card or mobile number without the person’s knowledge and then send such information to the hacker. The hacker after getting these information might misuse them himself or sell these to others.


Adware is software that collects advertising information and other marketing data without the person knowing it and sends the information to marketing websites. It also displays undesirable or unwanted advertisements.


Trojan is any malicious computer software which is used to hack into a computer by deceiving user of the computer. It deceives the user by representing itself as a non-harmful thing. They work by creating a backdoor for victim’s PC which gives hackers access to the system. This results in the sensitive information or data inside the victim’s computer being compromised.

How does malware enter your PC:

The malware may enter your PC by means of you downloading software from unauthorized or unsafe websites such as torrents or illegal or nulled software. It might also get downloaded from your browser through popups. Another way that you might get malware is through any spam email that has a link to malicious software as an attachment to that email. When you click the link the malware gets downloaded and installed on your system.

How can you remove and protect from it?

To protect your system from all those scenarios mentioned above and many others that result in installation of malware in your system, you need to always have antivirus installed on your system. Apart from antivirus which protects against viruses you need to have anti-malware installed as well. That protects you from threats such as adware, spyware, worms and Trojans. It is recommended that you use both antivirus and anti-malware to protect your PC from both viruses and malware


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