Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

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.

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