Is there a difference between Malware and a Virus

Is there a difference between Malware and a Virus other than Semantic

Malware is an all-inclusive term, intended to include any software or functions normally associated with spyware, adware, viruses, foistware etc. Although some specific files may be designated as a "virus" nowadays, the malware coders take advantage of any methods they can to succeed in infecting and misusing the systems of their victims. 

A more insidious malware, the trojan downloader virus, can be used to load a host of other viruses.  It tricks the user into allowing it access, it then delivers/installs other active malware components. Included in these can be files with a "virus" capable of self-replication.  This self-replication capability could be considered one way to distinguish between a virus and a more general malware software.

Although there really is little difference between them, there are files that are called a virus where others are called malware.  It may simply depend on who you ask.

Perhaps considering malware to include everything other than viruses is a god way to view this.  It is most consistent with the way the software used to defeat the hackers is normally packaged and sold.

If you need help determining if your PC is infected.  Call the CCS Retail Systems Support  Department at 800.672.4806 or email us.

-Bryan

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