Website Terms

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Malware An intentionally malicious software or code that is designed to damage your computer or collect information without your knowledge, this also sometimes includes adware and freeware.

Spyware A type of malware that collects information about users without their knowledge, often to track browsing habits and to create pop-up advertisements.

Virus A self replicating software program that is designed to infect a computer by rapidly spreading from one file to another causing great harm.

Trojan Horse A malware that appears to be benign or desirable and thus tricks the user into allowing the program access to their computer.

Pharming A technique used to redirect a legitimate website's traffic to another illegitimate website.

Clickjacking A technique that tricks users into clicking on a malicious link by adding the link to a transparent layer over what appears to be a legitimate web page.

Browser Hijacking Occurs when Malware or Spyware replaces your browser's home page with its own in order to force more hits to a particular website.

Mousetrapping Commonly used by pornographic sites, this technique keeps visitors from leaving a website by locking them into a window, opening multiple windows on the desktop, or re-launching their website in a winder that can't be closed.

Phishing A mail or instant message scam that is disguised to look like official communication from a legitimate website.

SPAM Unsolicited email or junk mail.