malware

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malware

(MALicious softWARE) Software designed to destroy data, steal information or aggravate the user. See fileless malware, security suite, malvertising, crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus, Trojan, PUP and wares.
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Chrome Cleanup addresses unwanted software that can negatively influence a users' experience on the internet.
Unwanted software was the source of nearly 20% of complaints from Chrome users alone in 2014.
Google had already deployed the warning system to alert users of its Chrome browser that they were about to enter a site distributing unwanted software. The Mountain View, California, company just recently began to feed the security information into a broader "safe browsing" application that also works in Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers.
Still other times, as with my friend, you're just bombarded with ads and unwanted software add-ons and programs.
On Qatar being the least infected country in the Middle-East, Sadiq said, "Microsoft is one of the many companies that have been regularly publishing reports focusing on malicious and potentially unwanted software to provide relevant data, insights, and guidance to help organisations and individuals protect their equipment, software and users." Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (Vol 14) which indicated a decreased CCM rate in Qatar is based on statistics generated by Microsoft security programs and services running on computers in different locations, tracking certain families of malicious code (malware) or Virus.
"Cruft," a new addition that means badly designed or unwanted software.
Worms, trojans and password stealer tools are the top three malware and potentially unwanted software categories and families detected by all Microsoft desktop anti-malware products in the region.
When victims try to open an attachment that supposedly contains their new password, they end up running a Trojan horse program, called Bredolab, that then installs unwanted software on their PCs.
Mr Sridhar said Microsoft's periodic Security Intelligence Report had recently listed Bahrain as among the world's most infected with malware and potentially unwanted software, coming only after Afghanistan in a list of 26 "seriously infected" nations that run computers on malicious software.
A secure Web gateway is a product that filters unwanted software or malware stemming from users visiting sites with malicious malware code.
By electing to block sites known as spyware/malware sources, families can dramatically reduce their computer's rate of infection by unwanted software. K9 will automatically update as newer versions become available.
Sophos joins an alliance of technology companies and public interest groups whose mission is to create a consensus regarding spyware definitions, along with best practice in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted software.