What Is Malware?
Malware is software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.
It's derived from "malicious" and "software".
Many people confuse malware and virus interchangeably when viruses are a TYPE of malware. Other types include:
Trojans (and i don't mean those Trojans)
Just to name a few.
Malware detection is the process of scanning a computer and it's files to find malware. Malware and anti-virus products have a database that consist of a plethora of signatures so when a file is scanned, it's scanned against every signature. This happens to each file on the computer.
There is a strong, false assumption that you can tell when your computer has a malicious program on it. Many users only suspect malware when they receive pop-ups (adware), browser is redirected to an unintentional website, or their computer freeze. While these are strong and obvious indicators, malware can go undetected for extended periods of time. Which is where many companies go wrong. Malware exploits devices to benefit threat actors.
Strong cybersecurity hygiene is the best defense against common types of malware attacks. But, of course it was that simple then this field wouldn't exist. Either way, contact me if you suspect your device of being infected.