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What is the difference between Spyware and Malware?

Asked by Demi , Last updated: May 10, 2021

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L. Laurel

L. Laurel

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Answered Jul 06, 2020

Some may think that spyware and malware are the same, but actually, spyware is known to be a type of malware. The malware is a type of software that is considered to be malicious. The main goal of the malware is to wreak havoc to your computer. This explains why you would need to use an antivirus that will keep all of the various types of malware out.

Spyware is the type of malware that will have the ability to gain access to your system. The main goal of this is to get vital information that can be used to steal your identity or send the information that it will gather to the different hackers that are available.

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