Malware, short for malicious software includes viruses and spyware which may steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud. Criminals create appealing websites, desirable downloads, and compelling stories to lure you to links that will download malware--especially on computers that don't use adequate security software. But you can minimize the havoc that malware can wreak and reclaim your computer and electronic information.
Computers may have malware if they:
If you suspect malware is on your computer: