Takeaway: How much do you know about the different types of malware? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of malware terms and definitions.
From traditional viruses and worms to Trojans and rootkits, malicious software, or malware, is a ever-changing problem for IT. But, how much do you really know about the different types of malware? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of malware terms and definitions.
Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn’t let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I’m going to hold off posting the answers until later.
Updated 10/29/2010: I have placed the answers on the second page of this article.
Which of the following forms of malware requires a host file or program as a carrier?
According to most definitions, a virus must have which of the following traits?
Which type of malware pretends to be a useful or benign program but contains malicious code?
Which type of malware is self-contained, self-replicating, and requires no user intervention to active?
Which of the following type of malware secretly gathers and transmits system information, often for advertising purposes?
Which type of malware is designed to provide elevated system privileges or hide malicious files through stealth techniques?
What term is commonly used to describe malware that changes characteristics or rewrites its code between infections?
What term is commonly used to describe the method or mechanism by which a piece of malware infects a system?
What term is commonly used to describe the harmful code often contained within a piece of malware?
Which of the following are possible signs of a malware infection?
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