malware

[mal-wair]
noun Computers.
software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation: tips on finding and removing viruses, spyware, and other malware.

Origin:
mal(icious) + -ware

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malware (ˈmælwɛə)
 
n
a computer program designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus
 
[C20: from mal(icious) + (soft)ware]

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Main Entry:  malware
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  software, such as viruses, intended to damage or disable a computer system; short for malicious software; also written mal-ware
Etymology:  1998-2003
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Word Origin & History

malware
1997, from mal- + -ware, from software, etc.
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Science Dictionary
malware   (māl'wâr')  Pronunciation Key 
Software that is written and distributed for malicious purposes, such as impairing or destroying computer systems. Computer viruses are malware.
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Slang Dictionary

malware definition


and evilware
  1. n.
    malicious software; software that intentionally harms normal computer software. (Includes viruses, spyware, data miners, trojan horses, and other programs designed to damage or destroy a computer.) : The industry is concerned about the increase in “malware” but leaders don't know what to do at this point. , I used all sorts of stuff to get rid of the evilware, but it's still there somewhere.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

malware definition

security
Any software designed to do something that the user would not wish it to do, hasn't asked it to do, and often has no knowledge of until it's too late. Types of malware include backdoor, virus, worm, Trojan horse.
Malware typically affects the system on which it is run, e.g. by deleting or corrupting files on the local disks. Since Internet connections became common, malware has increasingly targets remote systems. An early example was malware consisting of a malicious e-mail attachment that targeted security flaws in Microsoft Outlook (the most common e-mail client) to send itself to all the user's contacts. A more recent kind of malware "recruits" the infected computer to become part of a botnet consisting of thousands of infected computers that can then be remotely controlled and used to launch DDoS attacks.
(2007-11-15)
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Example sentences
Malware doesn't need to be in the individual lines of code.
When the target smartphone scanned the tag, the browser was directed to the
  spoofed site and fed malware.
Maybe malware is using lots of bandwidth, without the customer knowing anything
  about it.
And when you emailed back home, some or all of the malware may have migrated to
  your home server.
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