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A type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website. Ransomware can be devastating to an individual or an organization.
A computer virus is another type of malware, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code. When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected” with a computer virus.
A computer worm is a type of malicious software program whose function is to infect other computers. A “worm” remains on the infected computer and is self-replicating software that duplicate is self and spreads to non-infected computers.
Adware is unwanted software designed to throw advertisements up on your screen, often within a web browser, but sometimes within mobile apps as well. Typically, adware disguises itself as legitimate or piggybacks on another program to trick you into installing it on your PC, tablet, or mobile device.
A Trojan, is more of a delivery method for infections than an infection. The Trojan presents itself as something useful to trick users into opening it. Trojan attacks can carry just about any form of malware, including viruses, spyware, and ransomware. Famously, the Emotet banking Trojan started as an information stealer, targeting banks and large corporations.
Spyware is malware that secretly observes the computer user’s activities, including browsing activity, downloads, payment information, and login credentials, and then reports this information to the software’s author. Spyware isn’t just for cybercriminals. Legitimate companies sometimes use spyware to track employees.