Spyware was not always used for nefarious purposes. In fact spyware was originally used as tracking software that was intended for legitimate use such as for employee productivity monitoring (under legal circumstances) and even parental control.
Malicious software or malware are generally defined as any software designed to gain access to or damage a computer. This usually happens without the knowledge of the computer user. Unless you are a security expert that’s trying to analyze them, the presence of malware on your computer system is most likely bad news.
Malware comes in numerous types and depending on whom you ask, can be classified into different ways. The most common is categorizing them according to their method of attacking your computer system, which is how we will be approaching it.
Do note that some malware types …