A little bit of information can prevent a potential catastrophe on your network
Malware is a blanket industry term used to describe the variety of "malicious software" that is in circulation around the world. The definition includes viruses, worms, Trojans, computer "bombs", and other forms of intentionally destructive software, as well as annoying but generally non-destructive software pranks. Laypeople, misinformed network administrators, and the mainstream press often describe various types of malware as "computer viruses", with little regard as to whether the code really is a virus. To them, the distinction between the various forms of destructive software means little, and the general term of "computer virus" is simple and easy to understand. However, to the network administrator and the computer industry in general, being able to accurately identify and classify the type of malicious software spreading across global networks is a crucial step in developing strategies to contain and eradicate it.