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Malware

Definition

Malware is a software, application, script, program, file or general behavior with malicious intent to harm your Mac, your browser, your accounts or data. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware and ransomware. These malicious programs can perform a variety of functions, including stealing, encrypting or deleting sensitive data, altering or hijacking core functions and monitoring users’ computer activity without their permission. Their common goal is the intent to harm your Mac or use you for their own benefit.

Malware, regardless of its form, can be presented or appear as a legitimate file, infected by a virus, unknown to the user.

Behavioral Examples

The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of some sub-categories, behavioral examples and symptoms:

  • General bad behavior.
  • Any form of hijacking, including clickjack, page hijack, DNS hijack and invasion.
  • Hidden programs/files installations or code injections
  • Unexpected changes in functionality and appearance. E.g. let’s assume you installed a software based on its lit of functionalities, and after installation, these functionalities are changed to something else you did not ask for.  
  • Stealing, encrypting or deleting sensitive data
  • Altering or hijacking core functions and monitoring users’ computer activity without their permission or consent.
  • DNS redirection or DNS injection
  • Every old classic form of a virus. For example, if specific file, screen, document, app or behavior cloning and duplicating itself in an unreasonable manner

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