[ mal-wair ]
/ ˈmælˌwɛər /

noun Digital Technology.

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

First recorded in 1990–95; mal(icious) + -ware

Words nearby malware Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for malware

/ (ˈmælwɛə) /


a computer program designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus

Word Origin for malware

C20: from mal (icious) + (soft) ware
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Scientific definitions for malware

[ mălwâr′ ]

Software that is written and distributed for malicious purposes, such as impairing or destroying computer systems. Computer viruses are malware.
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