Malware

any malicious software

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there are many types of malicious software out there.

Ex.1 Trojans: seems legit but has malicious code hidden in it.
Ex.2 Spyware: software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another.
Ex.3 malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive;

How to avoid these malicious programs

To avoid these unfortunate programs, you should probably get some antivirus programs and a firewall up so your computer stops it in it's tracks. there are great antivirus defender programs out there that won't break your bank! try to snag one of them. it's worth it all the way, it's better than slow computers, terminated programs that maybe you didn't do. so keep those firewalls up and keep defending.