What is the difference between a virus and malware?

Updated: 12/31/2017 by Computer Hope
Computer Virus

A virus is considered malware; therefore there really is no difference. The term 'malware' is used as a way describe any malicious software including: adware, spyware, worms, trojans, and viruses.

Malware is becoming a more common term because it covers a wide variety of threats to computers (such as those mentioned above), rather than only viruses.

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