What is Malware?

Malware is short for malicious software, meaning software that is harmful for your system. It is a family with different threats like viruses and trojan horses.

Malware is the family name of threats like viruses, worms, trojan horses, backdoors, and ransomware. These types of malicious software components can all be harmful to your computer or network infrastructure. Some malware like viruses will alter executable files (binaries) to allow itself to be spread to other systems. Ransomware, which is nowadays a serious threat, will focus on encrypting your personal data and ask a ransom in return for the decryption key.