What's the difference between a Virus and a Malware?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by TheMozart, Dec 4, 2010.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    I see many products advertised as being Antivirus + Antimalware.

    I always thought a Virus was malware.

    So what's the difference?
     
  2. Noob

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    I think virus is a more specific term, because there are trojans, rootkits etc.
    But if my brainz and common sense is correct malware means Malicious Ware? Which is like a broader term :p

    Correct me if i'm wrong :D
     
  3. cheater87

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    Malware I believe is short for all malicious software. A virus is a malicious program that copies itself and causes harm to your PC. So trojans, viruses, dialers, adware, spyware etc are ALL malware. They are all malicious software.
     
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    Above answers are correct, virus is a 'species' of malware. Anti-virus is not a good name anymore as traditional viruses are quite unpopular malware as they are not used much anymore. So if your anti-virus would catch only viruses then it would let 99% malicious software through. :p
     
  5. TheMozart

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    So Malwarebytes for example, doesn't check for Virus, it only checks for malware?
     
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    Malware = Virus
    Malware = Spyware
    Malware = Trojan
    Malware = Rootkit
    Malware = Worm
    Malware = Adware
    Malware = Rogue/Scareware
    Malware = KeyLogger
    See HERE
     
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  7. iravgupta

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    1. A virus is a subset of malware.
    2. A virus is a malware but a malware may or may not be a virus.
    3. The term anti-virus is outdated. Today's apps are all acting like antimalware.
     
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    Based on the definitions you've been given, which I agree with at an intuitive level, Malwarebytes does check for viruses since it checks for malware.
     
  9. iravgupta

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    Not necessary. Malwarebytes checks for malware - but they have never claimed that they check for every type of malware out there. So they may or may not be checking for viruses.
     
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    MBAM does indeed remove these categories too, but it focuses on the threats most AV's miss, not on what they already catch. So that explains results of some tests and if you run MBAM real-time, you should also run an AV realtime.
     
  12. Noob

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    Good to know my brains was working correctly :D
     
  13. crofttk

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    Agreed. Thanks for the clarification and to Cheater for pointer to that thread as a reminder. I do run NIS 2011 as primary defense with MBAM realtime or on demand as an adjunct.
     
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    a virus is malware.malware stands for malicious software. a virus is a malicious software, right? ;)
     
  15. Kernelwars

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    Malware is a piece of bad software, like viruses, worms, spyware and trojans. So malware and viruses are the same thing.
    :D
     
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