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Q: What is malware?
A: There are well over 30 categories of "malware" (malicious software). Some are fairly harmless, others are extremely dangerous. In general, malware means software that is designed for malicious intent (pop-ups, slow down the PC, steal information, and other unwanted problems).

The information that malware collects can range from all the Web sites you visit to more sensitive information like user names, passwords, bank accounts and more. You might be the target of malware if you download music from file-sharing programs, free games from online gaming sites, or other software programs from unknown sources.

Malware writers are very smart, and can sometimes infect your computer using security holes in the Windows Operating System, or by no direct actions of your own.