Ever had pop ups explode on your screen, blocking everything else and driving you crazy? Well you’ve been a victim of malware. Malware (malicious software) is a blanket term used for any software program or code that gets installed on a user’s computer without the user’s informed consent and knowledge and wreaks havoc. It usually turns the computer into a zombie, in that the user no longer has any control of the computer’s activity and the malware can be said to have ‘taken over’. A large number of viruses, worms, Trojans, backdoors, adware and spyware come under the malware category. In other words, when the intentions of the software and its creators are malicious, it’s malware. Since the infected computer in most cases becomes a ‘zombie’ or a ‘robot’ computer, especially if the malware provides the creator with remote access to the compromised PC, malware plays a crucial role in botnet activities. According to a report by Trend Micro, an internet security technology company, botnet activities will be the number one threats on the internet in 2009 and malware, a big part of them.

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