Anti-Malware

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What Is Anti-Malware?

Anti-malware is any resource that protects computers and systems against malware, including viruses, spyware, and other harmful programs.

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Techopedia Explains Anti-Malware

Anti-malware software programs are comprehensive solutions that maintain computer security and protect sensitive data that is transmitted by a network or stored on local devices. These tools often include multiple components, including anti-spyware and phishing tools, as well as solutions to address prominent viruses, which are isolated and identified by security resources.

These programs may employ scanning, strategies, freeware or licensed tools to detect rootkits, worms, Trojans and other types of potentially harmful programs. Each type of resource carries its own interface and system requirements, which impact user solutions for a given device or system.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.