Types of malware you can find in the wild (wild Internet)
You probably wondered at least once how many types of malware (malicious software) are there and how they differ from one another.
Here’s a super quick overview :
Adware – delivers bad ads and can infect your computer with additional malware.
Bots – malicious code engineered to perform specific tasks. They can be both harmless and malicious.
Bug – cyber security bugs (flaw in software) open up security holes in computer systems that cyber criminals can take advantage of. In this context, bugs can allow attackers to gain access to a system and do irreparable damage.
Ransomware – a type of malware that encrypts the victim’s data and demands a ransom in order to provide the decryption key.
Rootkit – a type of malicious software (but not always) which gives the attackers privileged access to a computer. A rootkit is activated before the operating system boots up, so antivirus can’t detect it.
Credit : https://heimdalsecurity.com