malware

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noun mal·ware \ˈmal-ˌwer\

Definition of malware

  1. :  software designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning

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Origin and Etymology of malware

malicious + -ware (as in software)


First Known Use: 1990

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malware

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noun mal·ware \ˈmal-ˌwer\

Legal Definition of malware

  1. :  software that is designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning and that can be used to commit cybercrime (as by revealing passwords, PINs, and other sensitive data)

Origin and Etymology of malware

mal- bad + software



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