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Malware is a generic term for a wide range of malicious software that hackers use to infiltrate computers and other devices. These threats range from viruses to ransomware and cryptojacking.

Viruses, Trojans and Worms

Viruses are destructive computer programs threat actors use to infect systems and networks to gain access to sensitive information. These types of malware can damage basic functions of the system and lock users out of their machines.

They also can send spam to unsuspecting targets or investigate a user’s local network. This type of malware can be found on many devices, including mobile phones and laptops.

Fileless malware is a form of malware that uses APIs, registry keys and scheduled tasks to infect or spy on computers. These attacks may be a part of a larger hacking strategy that includes other forms of malicious activity, such as botnets or adware.

Spyware is a type of malware that aims to steal or infiltrate data and information from computers, such as passwords and banking information. These attacks can be carried out via email, instant messages or social media.

Trojans are malicious software disguised as something desirable, such as a game or application. Once activated, Trojans will conduct whatever action they have been programmed to do.

These malicious programs can be spread by email, social media, instant messaging and through links in websites. They can also infect devices such as mobile phones, smart watches and other connected products.

A computer that runs slowly or has numerous unexpected pop-ups is often a sign that it’s infected with malware. It’s important to identify these signs as soon as possible.