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Difference between Malware and Spyware
  • Last Updated : 16 Jun, 2020

1. Malware :
Malware is an umbrella term that is used to cover all types of malicious software. Malware is designed to attack on organizations, corporations, and individuals by destroy data and resources, cause error and slow down the performance. Malware can be delivered to a networked system through emails or software installations or surfing via internet. Virus, trojan horses, worms, and spyware are the types of malware along with a few others which is more harmful.

2. Spyware :
Spyware is a type of malware that perform certain tasks include watching and tracking of user actions and collecting personal data. Spyware programs generally install themselves on user computer and provides profit to the third party by collecting data of user without his awareness. Moreover, spyware steal passwords and personal information of the users by running in background in the system.



Difference between Malware and Spyware :

S.No.MalwareSpyware
1.Malware is a file or a code, designed to cause damage to a user’s personal computer and network.Spyware is a form of malware designed to collect your personal information.
2.Malware covers a lot of different malicious softwareSpyware is one of the type of malware.
3.Malware is more harmful than spyware.Spyware is less harmful than Malware
4.Malware can replicate itself and makes duplicate copy of it.While, spyware can not self-replicate
5.Malware can be detected and removed by the antivirus program.Spyware can be detected and removed by the antispyware program.
6.It can destroy data and resources, cause error and slow down the performance.It provides profit to the third party by collecting data of user without his awareness.

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