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 Legacy means they are old and Outdated.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.
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.
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:
PuP (Possibly Unwanted Program)
- 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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