Keep yourself protected from:
- A computer virus is a program that has been installed on your computer that may or may not cause harm, but is designed to spread to other computers.
- Malware comes from "Malicious Software". It may cause damage to your computer or your data. Malware can be spread like a virus or as a "trojan", meaning that it was installed together with a different program.
- Spyware is generally not directly harmful to your computer, but is designed to collect information about you or your data, and secretly pass it on.
Adware can be free software that was funded by advertisers. Some of these programs allow you to buy an ad-free version.
Another definition of adware are programs that act like spyware to collect information about your surfing habits etc., and then display pop-up ads and sometimes randomly ads links on web pages to paying advertisers.
- Legitimate Adware: