Malware and Virus Which Should You Worry About More

Malware and Virus are two terms that tend to monopolize the Internet today. Whenever the words virus and malware are mentioned everyone gets a different picture in their mind of what they are. They are two of the most
What Is Meant By Virus

There are programs out there that are made specifically to copy themselves and probably do something bad to your files and computer. According to the Oxford Dictionary that is called a virus. Most of these viruses are legacy. Legacy means they are old and Outdated. Viruses started being popular back in the 1990’s.

Malware and Virus are two terms that tend to monopolize the Internet today. Whenever the words virus and malware are mentioned everyone gets a different picture in their mind of what they are. They are two of the most

What Is Meant By Virus

There are programs out there that are made specifically to copy themselves and probably do something bad to your files and computer. According to the Oxford Dictionary that is called a virus. Most of these viruses are legacy. Legacy means they are old and Outdated. Viruses started being popular back in the 1990’s.

Oxford Dictionary Definition of Virus (Computer Virus)

a piece of code that is capable of copying itself and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting the system or destroying data.

The big virus protection companies like Norton Antivirus, McAfee, AVG, Avast, Kaspersky and others coined the term antivirus because of the familiarity of the term virus for marketing purposes contributing to the confusion between a virus and malware.

What Is Meant By Malware

According to Dictionary.com malware is code or software that does something bad or unwanted to your computer. A virus actually falls under the term malware which is a general term for anything from PuPs (Possibly Unwanted Programs often installed without your permission or knowledge) to Adware. Malware is actually a word that comes from two words, malicious and software.

Dictionary.com defines malware as

software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation

To answer the question that brought you here, should you worry about viruses or malware more? The answer is “yes”. Since the technically a virus is malware you should be concerned about malware the most. To be honest though you should be worried about all threats whether it is being called a virus or malware.

So What Does This Malware and Virus Stuff Mean To You

What it all comes down to whether you are more familiar with the terms virus or malware is that you want protected from threats and things on the Internet you don’t want on your computer. There are a lot of different words out there to describe these things:

Virus
Malware
Ransomware
Trojan
Worm
Adware
PuP (Possibly Unwanted Program)
Hijacker
Keylogger
Threat

Slow ComputerIt doesn’t really matter what term or word is used. All that really matters is that it is bad or the you do not want it. It really is that simple isn’t it? Whether it

  • Slows down your computer
  • Allows other’s access
  • Holds your computer hostage
  • Does anything else you don’t want

It is something you don’t want and you want protection that is going to make sure it doesn’t get on your computer. Just remember, whether your protection is antimalware protection or antivirus protection, there is nothing out there that is 100% effective.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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