malware

noun mal·ware \ ˈmal-ˌwer \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of malware

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

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Origin and Etymology of malware

malicious + -ware (as in software)

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malware

noun mal·ware \ ˈmal-ˌwer \

legal Definition of malware

: software that is designed to interfere with a computerʼs 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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