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MalwareAlternatively referred to as scumware, malware is malicious software designed to change your settings, delete software, cause errors, watch browsing habits, or open computer to attacks.

Protecting a computer from malware

A computer can be infected by malware by visiting an infected website, downloading infected software, or installing infected software. Most antivirus programs can clean malware but it's also a good idea to run an anti-malware or malware cleaner such as Malwarebytes.

Also see: Computer crime, Crapware, Dialer, Hijack, Malvertising, Scareware, Security terms, Software terms, Spyware