How is Anti-Virus Different from Anti-Malware.?

To understand that the difference between an anti-malware and an anti-virus, we must first understand the difference between the malicious terms- (a) malware, (b) virus. The computer virus was the first term that came into popularity in the 90s and since then people have been relating every threat to viruses. However, with the advancement of time cyber criminals have found other new ways to breach the security.

Not much has changed since then in the world of viruses. A virus is originally a code written to replicate itself in order to hamper the functioning of the computer by corrupting or destroying the data. However, there are many other threats like Trojan, web threats, worms, adware, spyware, and viruses. As combined species, they all are classified under Malware programs. So, malware is a tree and threats are its nodes.

Anti-malware vs Anti-virus:-

An anti-virus is only capable of scanning the virus threats but as mentioned above, virus threats have been reduced and therefore many anti-viruses have been modified to fetch details about various other codes that aim to ruin the system or extract confidential information. To reduce the effects of these codes, experts suggest using PC protector software. In the dark world of cyber criminals, an anti-virus can no longer serve the purpose of protecting the system from heinous criminal acts.

For all-rounding security, anti-malware programs have been developed. They are capable of scanning the threats, viruses, spyware, adware etc. One such known anti-malware is Advance PC Protector. It also acts as an optimizer for performance and boot process.

Research and studies are in progress to leave no stone unturned in blocking the online criminal activities. However, one must also take the preventions to keep their systems away from the threats.


Milan Tomic

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