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malware

[mal-wair] /ˈmælˌwɛər/
noun, Computers.
1.
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.
Origin of malware
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British Dictionary definitions for malware's

malware

/ˈmælwɛə/
noun
1.
a computer program designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus
Word Origin
C20: from mal(icious) + (soft)ware
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Contemporary definitions for malware's
noun

software, such as viruses, intended to damage or disable a computer system; short for malicious software; also written mal-ware

Word Origin

1998-2003

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Word Origin and History for malware's

malware

n.

1997, from mal- + -ware, from software, etc.

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malware's in Science
malware
  (māl'wâr')   
Software that is written and distributed for malicious purposes, such as impairing or destroying computer systems. Computer viruses are malware.
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