Definition of malware in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalwɛː/


[mass noun]
Software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorized access to a computer system.
Example sentences
  • These things will be very restricted in what they do; they'll certainly refuse to run malware, whatever operating system they use.
  • The problem is that many people are impacted by viruses and malware, and thus are quite angry about it.
  • Spammers sometimes use this form of malware to commandeer computers and turn them into spam-sending drones.


1990s: blend of malicious and software.

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