3 types of "viruses" demystified
In the anti-malware business we often quibble over details the general public does not care about. To us these differences are important, though, as classifying a piece of malware helps us define and understand its nature and helps those of us stuck with detecting or cleaning up an infection.
Many people, especially journalists and Mac users, try to use their understanding of these terms to defend their poor choices in security practices. I thought it might be a good time for a little review over the Easter weekend to explain the differences between these types of malware, and unblur the lines between them.
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