In the day and age that revolves around the internet, it is important that we make sure to protect ourselves from anything that can affect our way to stay in touch online. That is why it is very important to know the difference between the things harming your computer. You may have heard of the term virus, but a virus is just the common term for a bigger threat – malware. The term “malware” refers to any type of malicious software that’s designed to infect your computer or mobile device, including a computer virus and is designed to specifically hard and infect host systems. Let’s break them all down:
Virus. This is a contagious program that attaches itself to another piece of software, and then progresses to reproduce itself when the software is running.
Adware. Adware is the least dangerous and most profitable malware. It displays ads on your computer.
Spyware. This is a software that spies on you by tracking your internet activity in order to send adware back to your machine.
Worms. This is a program that replicates itself and destroys data and files on your computer. Worms are designed to “eat” the system operating files and data till the drive is completely empty.
Trojan horse. The most dangerous, Trojans are designed to discover your financial information and take over your computers system resources.
Ransomware. If you see a screen that warns you that you have been locked out of your computer until you pay for your cybercrimes, you have ransomware. Even if you do pay to unlock your system, you are not free from of it locking you out again.
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