"Malware" is short for malicious software and used as a single term to refer to virus, spy ware, worm etc. Malware is designed to cause damage to a stand alone computer or a networked PC. So wherever a malware term is used it means a program which is designed to damage your computer it may be a virus, worm or Trojan. Malware is the term given to any software which causes harm to your computer. There are many different types of malware, each of which is slightly different. Computer viruses, Trojans, Worms, Adware and Spyware are all considered as Malware.
A malware can cause harm to a system or a network directly, or subvert them to be used by others, rather than as intended by their owners. It is a combination of two words: Mal meaning Bad and Ware meaning Software. In this course, we will discuss various precautionary ways and the tools that can be used to protect our systems and networks from harmful Malware.