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2. Malware

Malware is short for 'malicious software'.

Malware is a general term for any hostile or intrusive software. For example it may disrupt computer operations (virus), or it may seek to secretly monitor what the user is doing (spyware).


Malware types include:

  • Computer Virus
  • Trojan
  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Pharming
  • Click fraud
  • Ransomware
  • Rootkits
  • Scareware

We cover malware in much greater detail in the next section: Malware Theory.

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