Glossary / Malware

Term: Malware

Malware (short for malicious software) is software designed to damage, disrupt, or help others gain unauthorised access to a computer system.

It is the collective name for a wide variety of malicious software, including:

  • Viruses
  • Trojan horses
  • Worms
  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Ransomware
  • Scareware

Up to date anti-malware software can help prevent and detect such threats.