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Windows 7: virus, spyware, malware?

01 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
virus, spyware, malware?

What is the difference between these various infections? Is there a real difference, or is it just a marketing technique?

In my mind, everything that infects your computer and causes undesirable results is a virus.

I think you get my point already, so I will move on. Do the various security products protect against different things? Or do MSE, Avast, and Malwarebytes just protect against infections in general?

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01 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

"Malware" is a catch-all word for spyware, virus, Trojan, Rootkit, adware, worm, etc...

What Is the Difference: Viruses, Worms, Trojans, and Bots? - Cisco Systems
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01 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks Jacee. I'll give that a read.
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01 Feb 2010   #4

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

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