Malware FAQ/ General FAQ
Malware, Spyware and Viruses FAQ
What is malware and how does it get on my system?
Malware is a catch all term for programs that you do not want on your computer. Such programs become resident in a wide range of methods and they almost always have some type of nefarious purpose. The purpose of any particular piece of malware is normally referred to as the “payload”; like the warhead on a missile.
Some forms of Malware depend on users to unwittingly open an infected e-mail attachment, others may enter your system by way of a security weakness in your system from an infected website that you might visit.
Even very popular websites such as the DrudgeReport.com have been infected with and acted as a distribution point for spyware in the past. Often a site’s owner is unaware his site has been compromised and is being used to distribute malware.