What is Malware?


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A malware is a software which causes a deviation from the normal mode of working of a computer, usually to the detriment of a user. Malware causes risks which can negatively affect the privacy and security of users. 

All computers, computer networks, clients, servers and peripherals can be affected by malware. Malware is mostly created by hackers, but there are other instances where malware is unintentionally programmed, this scenario occurs when a software abuses the privacy of a user.