Malicious Software or “Malware” is becoming the general term to cover viruses, worms, spyware or any other programs designed to cause unwanted results on your computer.  Over 70,000 new malware and variants of malware are produced daily.  Nobody really thinks about it, but somewhere out in the cyberworld, they are lurking for you.

A Virus is computer code that is designed to “break” your computer by infecting your executable files.  They can also infect autorun Scripts, MS Office Macros, and the master boot record of a hard drive.  It’ll copy the code into other files and programs until your computer is eventually useless.   In the old days when the floppy drive was popular and essential for moving data, it wasn’t uncommon to leave an unknowingly infected floppy in the drive while booting.  This would move the virus into the master boot record (in most cases) of the computer and cause the computer to be infected.   Most Virus code that infects computers now will either come as an email attachment, or from executing an infected file downloaded from a website.

Malware programmers figured out that it is more profitable for them to generate income rather than render a computer useless.  Spyware and Ransomware are two of the most common ways they do it.
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