Malware (an acronym for malicious software) is any type of harmful software directed against PCs, mobiles, tablets or networks. Viruses are a type of malware that can reproduce and spread on its own. The difference between malware and a virus is that while all viruses are malware, not all types of malware are viruses.
Another difference between malware and viruses is that malware is a category of threat, while viruses are a specific type of malware threat.
So, is malware a virus?
It could be; It depends on whether it has the common characteristics of a virus: The ability to reproduce and spread.
If you know how different types of malware work, and the vulnerabilities they exploit, you have a better chance of preventing and eliminating them.
A computer virus is a type of malware that acts by attaching itself to legitimate files or programs. Once the infected file is opened, the virus is activated. One of the main differences between a virus and malware is that a virus spreads itself by spreading its code into other programs. A virus can infect a computer or system in different ways, for example, through a phishing attack, a compromised web page, or an infected link. Viruses can spread quickly and widely, while corrupting system files, wasting resources, destroying data, spreading spam, and generally wreaking havoc on devices and systems. Advanced polymorphic viruses can even change their code to avoid detection.
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