What’s the Difference Between Viruses and Malware?
A virus is a piece of code that is capable of copying itself in order to do damage to your computer. A virus can replicate itself and copy itself between computers. A virus can damage your computer including corrupting your system or destroying data. Malware, is an all encompassing term that stands for a variety of malicious software, including:
1. Spyware – software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another’s computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive
2. Trojans – Trojan horse, or Trojan, is any malicious computer program which is used to hack into a computer by misleading users of its true intent
3. Worms – A computer worm is a standalone malware computer program that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers
4. Adware – Software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material (often unwanted) when a user is online
5. Ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid
All viruses are malware. Not all malware are viruses.
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