malware (malicious software) definition

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Unified threat management devices: Understanding UTM and its vendors
Contributor(s): Debra Lee

Malware (for "malicious software") is any program or file that is harmful to a computer user. Thus, malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and also spyware, programming that gathers information about a computer user without permission.

This was first published in October 2008

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