What is malware, how it works, and how to remove it?

Ruheni Mathenge  - Streaming Expert
Last updated: February 25, 2024
Read time: 14 minutes

If your computer or any other device has a malware infection, this guide explains what it is, and how to get rid of the malware quickly.

Malware is an umbrella term referring to almost all sorts of malicious software, such as viruses, ransomware, botnets, and more. While today’s cybersecurity advancements have produced robust anti-malware solutions for all users, the ever-evolving nature of malware has made it a significant security problem for the cybersec community. Therefore, knowing about malware and how to deal with it is critical.

The term ‘malware’ refers to any malicious software designed to intentionally manipulate or interrupt a device’s normal functionality. These include viruses, ransomware, worms, spyware, Trojans, and adware. Unfortunately, they can infect any device with computing capabilities like your smartphone, PC, laptop, tablet, and servers.


The first malware to be developed was utterly harmless. However, the advancement of technology, computing, and software development has made malware more prevalent and sophisticated.

Read along to learn how malware works, how it gets into your computer, how to remove malware quickly, and much more.

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