Perhaps you have heard of this term "malware" before and you have not known was it means.
In short, "malware" means "malicious ware" and when you look at what it actually does its name is quite fitting.
Malware is a category of software that is often termed "spyware", although this general term is not technically correct. Spyware is really software that has been designed to spy on you, to watch what you are doing, where you browse the internet, even what you type - and relay this information to someone else at another location. If this sounds all Mission Impossible to you, this is because spyware has a very apt name.
Adware, which is also often called "spyware", is software that is designed to advertise to you. Basically, it means that while you are working on your computer or browsing the internet, it displays adverts of products it thinks you would be interested in (these adverts are, of course, paid for by these companies).
Adware has legit forms and not so legit forms. The legit forms come in the form of software you have in downloaded or installed with the full knowledge that it will advertise to you (such as Kazaa or Gator). Very often you get these programs for free with the knowledge that advertising is involved. To get a non-advertising version of the program, you probably have to pay a license fee (buy the software).
The illegit forms come in the form of adware that has installed itself onto your computer without your consent. This is, obviously, unethical and you may even find this software difficult to remove.
Now for the big one - malware. Malware refers specifically to software that has installed itself on your computer without your permission, or disguised itself as other software, and then it not only feeds back information to a third party of the user of the computer, but it attempts to do something 'malicious' such as feed back credit card information, steal your passwords, or even try and take over your computer - using it for file sharing, website hosting, or a number of things that will never benefit you but only the author of the malware.
How do you know you have got malware? Well, you may not at all, which is why you need reliable malware detection. Malware detectors can scan your computer and make sure that you don't have malware.
But is this all scare tactics? Why waste money when your computer seems to be behaving normally. Well, is it? The risks of having malware are high enough, but if you are also experiencing these problems then you have a very high possibility of having malware, spyware or adware in some form:
1) Advertisements pop up no matter what you are doing, or sometimes only on the internet.
2) Your computer is annoyingly slow and even simple tasks are a mission.
3) Your browser redirects to other websites or even opens up without your consent.
4) You are losing hard drive space quickly and you don't know why.
5) There are strange processes running in your task manager that you have never seen before.
6) You see some or other strange program open up or close down quickly when you shut down or restart.
7) Your virus checker finds something but can't get rid of it.
If you experience any of this, get malware detection now. You actually cannot afford to wait any longer, especially if your information or personal details are at stake.