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malicious code written to steal from, disable, hinder and otherwise harm computers and their users both locally and remotely

Synonyms, Abbreviations or Trade Names: trojan, virus, worm, spyware, adware, root kit

Layman's Definition: Malware is almost always referred to as viruses, but this inaccurate. The term malware encompasses all malicious code to include but not limited to Trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, adware, root kits and scareware.