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Malware is any software that infects or disrupts a computer, server, client or network. It can leak private information, gain unauthorized access to systems or cause damage. Criminals use malware to steal and extort money, spy on a victim for criminal activity, or even to take over devices to power botnets (zombie computers).

The days of teenage pranksters creating viruses and worms have long passed; today’s malware is primarily created by professional cyber criminals with very real motives. They may be stealing identities to sell on the dark web, disrupting digital medical devices that help keep people alive or stealing industrial secrets to erase a company’s competitive advantage.

Most infections happen inadvertently, when a user clicks on an infected link or opens an infected file. Viruses, worms, ransomware, trojans and adware are the most common types of malware that affect PCs and mobile devices.

Signs of a malware infection can include your device slowing down or having trouble running applications and programs. Other signs include a sudden lack of available storage space as malware downloads and installs files on your device.

The best way to avoid malware is by only downloading well-known and trusted software from sites you trust. Don’t click on links or open attachments in emails or text messages from unknown senders and don’t install apps from unknown sources. When possible, get the software you need directly from a site’s official download portal and always install updates for all of your devices as soon as they are available.