By: Natasha Lonni

Malware is any malicious software looking to take advantage of you, steal your identity, or even something as simple as just deleting files off your computer. Here are a few types of malware, what they are, what they look like, and how to avoid them.


Viruses copy itself and need contact to spread. When you get a virus on your computer it can do just about anything, such as deleting files.

Trojan Horses

Trojan horses seem legit, but allows access to something else. If you are downloading a show you want to watch or a picture it can often have a virus or spyware tagging along that you don't know about.


Spyware secretly obtains personal information that are attached to programs on your computer. They can sometimes just be used for marketing, to see which type of ads to send you based on what you are interested in, but they can also be tracking down personal information to eventually steal your identity. Some types of cookies contain spyware in them so you must be careful.
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