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Malware and Virus

By roypavihi ·
Hi all...My friend is having a heated arguement with his Manager.It's not much of a topic to argue on gets a bit annoying at times.

What is the difference between a Malware and a Virus...

Manager claims a malware is something that installs it self on a computer without the users knowlegde...and a virus is just a piece of script that runs on your computer.

My friend claimed that Malware is sort of a techincal term for virues, trojans, worms, spyware..etc

Who's right and who's wrong??

And what are your thoughts on this?


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Both are partly right

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Malware and Virus

A virus is a some specific code that written with the intent of getting on your system in a covert manner and is usually intended to do harm to the system.

Malware is used by some people to describe any code or software that does more harm than good. But..

Most people use Malware to describe a small program that you're enticed to install on the system which then degrades the system's overall performance by doing something extra you didn't know about or really understand. This covers things like the programs that gather your Internet shopping from your system, even things like the special Yahoo and Google Toolbars are often called Malware. Some games and screen savers are Malware as they degrade the system performance.

Both do bad things, the virus sneaks on through other things, while Malware tricks you into loading it. A virus is a lot more dangerous than Malware.

Hope this helps you.

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A virus is malware; malware is not necessarily a virus

by montyj65 In reply to Both are partly right

Just to clarify, malware stand for malicious software. So all bad code is malware. Viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, PUPs (potentially unwanted software; which is up to each individual and can include the toolbars, games and screensavers that Deadly Ernest mentioned)are all malware.
A virus is self-replicating code. So a virus is malware, but not all malware are viruses.

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As the old saying goes - "Take Your Pick" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Malware and Virus


Computer Virus:

It's fairly safe to say the Malware, as a term, is newer than Virus. Other than that, there's not much to pick and choose between them.

Anyone that's likely to waste their time arguing about which is which, is the sort of user to take their eyes off the ball and end up catching either (or BOTH) while they spend their available time deliberating over something that is pointless. IMHO

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both those URLs gave me a 404

by Deadly Ernest In reply to As the old saying goes - ...

what were they?

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404 on the links

by roypavihi In reply to As the old saying goes - ...

thanks for the info but the links gave me an 404

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by gbargar In reply to Malware and Virus

Tell your friend that he don't have to argue with his Boss. The Boss is wrong about the definition of Virus. You Friend is right.

Malware is the same as Virus. the word Virus and Malware are "synonymous" like you say.. Movie and Film..

so Tell you friend to keep it cool with him. he don't have to argue about the term. they are spell different and pronounce different. but the same meaning.


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A Virus Reproduces / Malware Does not.

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Malware and Virus
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