Short for “malicious software,” malware is a type of computer program that helps cyber attackers carry out malicious activities using your computer.

A careless download or a visit to a malicious site can cause malware to be installed on your system. And it won’t take long before it starts stealing your files, deleting important data, or spying on you.

There are many types of malware, each one specializing in a specific kind of mischief.

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