Ever wondered what the terms Malware, Adware, Bot, Bug, Ransomware, Rootkit, Spyware, Trojan Horse, Virus, and Worm mean?
Malware: Short for Malicious Software meaning that it may compromise your computer, steal data, or cause harm to your computer. Malware is the general category for everything listed below.
Adware: Adware shows advertisements, usually in the form of pop-ups.
Bot: Can be used for automating purposes or maliciously for attacking servers and other computers.
Bug: A flaw that causes a result not intentionally created, sometimes these bugs cause freezing, allow access to something that shouldn’t be accessible, or makes a program act differently.
Ransomware: Malicious in nature, holds information or the computer captive while demanding a ransom.
Rootkit: Used to control or remotely access a computer that can execute commands, steal information, and modify a computer.
Spyware: Spies on user activity usually without their knowledge to collect data, passwords, and account information.
Trojan Horse: Disguised as a normal file to trick users into downloading and installing. This software gives remote access to do anything from steal data to install other malware.
Virus: Capable of cloning itself and spreading to other computers, these can steal information, cause damage, and even steal money.
Worm: Spread over networks and replicate causing slower networking or even damage depending on what the intent of the worm was.