Malware is an abbreviated form of “malicious software.” This is
computer software that is specifically designed to gain access to or damage a
computer or mobile device, usually without the knowledge of the owner.
There are various
types of malware, including spyware, ransomware, viruses, worms, Trojan
horses, adware, or any type of malicious code that infiltrates a
Generally, software is considered malware based on the intent of the creator rather than its actual features. Malware creation is on the rise due to money that can be made through organised Internet crime - something we hear plenty about. Originally malware was created for experiments and pranks, but eventually it was used for vandalism and destruction of targeted machines. Today, much of malware is created to make a profit from forced advertising (adware), stealing sensitive information (spyware), spreading email spam or child pornography (zombie computers or "bots") and extorting money (ransomware.)
Sound frightening? It doesn't have to be. With FusionAlert, we can help you choose, install and maintain the right software across your devices and home network for ultimate protection.