Malware, Virus and Spam??? What is the difference???

  • Malware explained.

    Malware (short for malicious software) are any harmful software packages, including viruses, that are used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, or gain access to unauthorized systems. Malware is a general term used to refer to a wide variety of hostile or intrusive software.

    An example of malware is:

    Password Stealers: Password stealing Trojans harvest login credentials for systems, networks, FTP, email, games, as well as banking and e-commerce sites. Many password stealers can be repeatedly configured by attackers after they've infected the system. For example, the same password-stealing Trojan could first harvest login details for email and FTP and then a new config file sent to the system which causes it to turn its attention to harvesting login credentials from online banking sites. Password stealers that target online games are perhaps the most commonly talked about, but by no means are games the most common target.

  • Virus! What's that?

    Viruses are a subset of malware. They are unauthorised programs that insert themselves into a computer system and then spread to other computers via networks or disks. When activated, they interfere with the operations of the computer they are installed on.

    People sometimes ask, "I have anti-virus so why is my computer infected?" A simple answer is: nothing is ever 100% safe.

    A better answer is: viruses are the most common form of malware so security companies focus on keeping our computers safe from them. Other forms of malware can still get on to your computer even though you have the latest version of anti-virus.

    Does that mean anti-virus programs are worthless? Absolutely not! A good anti-virus program will stop hundreds of instances of viruses, spyware, web threats and unauthorized changes every year. Without anti-virus your computer would be at the mercy of the Internet.

    Unfortunately other forms of malware may still end up on your computer so we recommend a yearly cleanup from us to ensure everything is running smoothly.

    An example of a virus is:

    Storm Trojan: The Storm Trojan surfaced in 2007 engulfing thousands of computers. The user would be lured into opening an email because of the header such as “230 dead as storm batters Europe”. Once the email was opened the Trojan implanted a service called wincom32. It passed data to other infected computers and all of the infected computers became zombies, or bots. Each computer would then try and attempt to infect other computers. It was estimated that at its peak up to 10 million computers were under the control of Storm Trojan. Most anti-viruses vendors picked up the infection surge and updated their detection signatures but Storm Trojan’s creators constantly altered the code to evaded detection. It was eventually contained but not until after the wiping of many fevered brows and millions of man hours spent on trying to halt its activity.

  • SPAM!!!! Where did you come from?

    Spam is irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purpose of advertising, phishing, spreading Malware, etc. Most of the time malicious emails are safe until you click on a link or open an attachment. You should always be very wary of clicking on anything in an email message.

    An example of spam is:

    Energy Billing System


    Your latest Energy bill is now available to view online.
    Account Number : ##########
    Bill date: 02/12/2014
    Total Amount Due: $524.30

    To view your most recent bill, please click here. You must log-in to your account or register for an online account to view your statement.


    This email is attempting to get you to click on the "Click Here" link, which could possibly infect your computer with malware. You'll notice the email is sent from a strange email address from Japan and not a local energy company. This is the first clue that something is not right about this email.

If you are concerned that your computer may be infected, or have any questions regarding viruses and malware, please do not hesitate to give us a call on:

0408 377 897

Disclaimer: The information on this site is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own personal situation and requirements before making any decisions or taking any action. Source: