What is malware?

Part of our job is to keep track of the latest Internet threats-viruses, spyware, rogues, bots, zombies, or some other form of insidious cybercrime that hasn’t even been invented yet. 

Since the fix for most of these threats is the same, downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we often categorize all of the threats with the umbrella term “malicious software” or “malware.”

We thought you might be interested in learning exactly what we mean by that. If so, see our newest article, What is malware?


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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    I have received, numerous times, a request asking for my user name, birthdate, password, country of origin– it states that my microsoft

    account will be closed if not given– it says it is from microsoft–

    I assume it is not? 

  2. Anonymous

    I am currently being bombarded with pop ups to purchase Internet Protection $79.99. The pop up says my computer is infected with viruses. Now I currently have McAfee Security system installed on my computer and it says my computer is fully protected. I have ran the McAfee System and it detects no viruses. The pop ups continue coming and will not got away it states I am infected by spyware, Trojan etc.. What do I do? Be force to purchase this program?  

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