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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mal-wair]
    • /ˈmælˌwɛər/
    • /ˈmæl.weər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mal-wair]
    • /ˈmælˌwɛər/

Definitions of malware word

  • noun malware software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation: tips on finding and removing viruses, spyware, and other malware. 1
  • noun malware Software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. 1
  • noun malware computing: viral software 1
  • noun Definition of malware in Technology (security)   Any software designed to do something that the user would not wish it to do, hasn't asked it to do, and often has no knowledge of until it's too late. Types of malware include backdoor, virus, worm, Trojan horse. Malware typically affects the system on which it is run, e.g. by deleting or corrupting files on the local disks. Since Internet connections became common, malware has increasingly targeted remote systems. An early example was malware consisting of a malicious e-mail attachment that targeted security flaws in Microsoft Outlook (the most common e-mail client) to send itself to all the user's contacts. A more recent kind of malware "recruits" the infected computer to become part of a botnet consisting of thousands of infected computers that can then be remotely controlled and used to launch DDoS attacks. 1
  • uncountable noun malware Malware is a type of computer program that is designed to damage or disrupt a computer. 0
  • noun malware a computer program designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus 0

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Origin of malware

First appearance:

before 1990
One of the 1% newest English words
First recorded in 1990-95; mal(icious) + -ware

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Malware


malware popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 7% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

malware usage trend in Literature

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