Computer Virus A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer.
Malware <ul><li>short for malicious software , is software designed to infiltrate a computer without the owner's informed consent . </li></ul>
Spyware <ul><li>Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and that collects information about users without their knowledge </li></ul>
Computer Worm <ul><li>A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program . It uses a network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computers on the network) and it may do so without any user intervention. </li></ul>
Trojan Horse <ul><li>The Trojan Horse was a tale from the Trojan War , as told in Virgil 's Latin epic poem The Aeneid . </li></ul>
Antivirus (or anti-virus ) <ul><li>Antivirus (or anti-virus ) software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware , including computer viruses , worms , and trojan horses . Such programs may also prevent and remove adware , spyware , and other forms of malware. </li></ul>
Note: <ul><li>A true virus can only spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code ) when its host is taken to the target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk , CD , DVD , or USB drive . Viruses can increase their chances of spreading to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer. </li></ul>
Adware or advertising-supported software <ul><li>is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy-invasive software . </li></ul>