Antivirus v Antimalware

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Whether you’re looking to protect your computer device or require assistance to remove malicious software, it’s recommended that users have both antivirus and antimalware to maximise the protection of their computer and data.  Antivirus and antimalware are different tools and provide different functions, so it’s important to understand their differences.

Antivirus is perhaps the more common term, providing general-purpose protection against known viruses.  Meanwhile, antimalware focuses more on preventing ransomware or Trojan attacks, offering an extra layer of protection to your data, login credentials, and financial information. 

Malware can also be referred to as the overarching term used to describe any program or code created to harm a computer, network, or server.  The most frequently used form of malware of ransomware.  This is where cybercriminals build malware strains to lock users out of their devices unless they pay a ransom for its release.  

Meanwhile, a virus is a specific type of malware that spreads from device to device connected via the same network.  This is easily done through infected files which can be received in downloads from a website, an email attachment, shared drives, or a USB.  That’s why it’s always recommended to know the source from which information is being transmitted.  If in doubt, never open an attachment you are unsure of, or click on a file within a shared drive.   

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