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Malware, as we all know, is software designed to damage a user’s computer, server or network; or to harm computer users by stealing personal or sensitive information that users cheat through various scams and other malicious transactions. Worms, Trojans, viruses and malicious security software are among the most common types of malware.
Malware started in the 1980s with programs like the brain boot sector virus in 1986 and the Morris worm spread on the Internet in 1988. People who have used infected computers may see mocking messages or strange visual effects.
People who wrote early malware sought fame and respect in an underground world of hackers who joined together in heavily guarded virus exchange forums (VX forums) and boasted of the devastation they caused.
Today, professional criminals have supplanted amateur virus authors. VX Forums have become large black online markets offering a full range of products and services. Many of these products and services refer to botnets that can be used to distribute and install other malware.
This Microsoft white paper talks about the origin of malware, the evolving nature of malware, the state of today’s malware as a black economy, rogue security software, how to stay protected, and introduces the team of antimalware researchers at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), which helps keep computers and systems around the world free of malware and potentially unwanted malware.
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