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English definition of “malware”

malware

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈmælweər/
IT software that is designed to damage the information on other people's computers, and prevent the computers from working normally: If running a virus scan doesn't solve the problem, it may be due to a malware program that's too new to be caught. Malware is short for "malicious software" and is a catch-all term for viruses, spyware, worms, browser hijackers, etc.
(Definition of malware from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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