Definition: Software that compromises the operation of a system by performing an unauthorized function or process.

Synonym(s): malicious code, malicious applet, malicious logic

Malware is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software.

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