I would liken hardware to be a physical component of the computer, such as a hard disk, graphics card, mother board.
Malware is a type of software that is comparable to a computer virus and usually does harm to a user’s data and is unwanted. This is written by programmers trying to steal information or do harm to users. It is not a good thing and users need to protect themselves as much as possible against this type of intrusion. There is a type of software designed to prevent much malware.
Software describes programs written and installed to meet specific needs of the computer/user to complete certain specified tasks and is meant as a good thing, unlike malware with is not good.
BTW: typing in all caps is like shouting at people and considered to be rude. Just my $.02 worth in this conversation.
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