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Everything You Should Know About Malware

Consider this your guide to malware. Find out what malware entails, how it works, and how you can protect your device from malware.

Malware can initially feel like a tricky subject. What exactly is it — is it the same as a virus? You may know that malware can be dangerous, and that you’re supposed to avoid it. But how do you avoid it if you don’t know what it is?

What is Malware?

“Malware” is a term used to refer to all types of malicious software. Software is malicious if its purpose is to harm your computer or device. Different types of malware include: viruses, worms, adware, spyware, trojans, and browser hijackers, among others.

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What Does Malware Do?

Essentially, malware is designed to either harm your device, steal your personal information, or to generate money. Malware may be used to disrupt a business’s functionality, or for identity theft or other illegal purposes. Different types of malware perform different tasks. Spyware, for example, is software that has been installed on your device to monitor your behavior. This monitoring could range from “innocent,” such as tracking your web history, to malicious, such as stealing your credit card information. A trojan is a program that disguises itself as a legitimate program, such as antivirus software or an app in the Play store. The trojan then installs malware onto your device. A virus, on the other hand, is a type of malware that affects how your device or computer functions. The purpose of a virus may be to corrupt all of the files on your computer so that your computer crashes. All of these examples may seek to collect or destroy data, personal information, and more.

How to Protect Your Device From Malware

Now that you understand what malware is, you can help protect your device by practicing safe online habits. Make sure that you’re aware of the latest malware and online scams so that you know what to look for. Avoid clicking on ads and pop-ups — especially ones that offer you a service or claim that you have malware installed on your device — and only download programs and files from a trusted source. In addition to that, you should always update your devices and web browsers with the latest software updates and security patches.

However, the best way to protect your devices from malware is by downloading antivirus software. Download PSafe Total Windows for your PC and DFNDR for your Android for unbeatable, 24/7 device protection against malware and other security threats. DFNDR antivirus software will ensure that your device is protected so that you can continue using the internet free of worry.