Malware, short for malicious (or malevolent) software, is software used or created by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of code, scripts, active content, and other software. 'Malware' is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software.
Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, and other malicious programs. In law, malware is sometimes known as a computer contaminant. Malware is not the same as defective software, which is software that has a legitimate purpose but contains harmful bugs that were not corrected before release. However, some malware is disguised as genuine software, and may come from an official company website. An example of this is software used for harmless purposes that is packed with additional tracking software that gathers marketing statistics.
Arrow mark on the screen that moves when you move the computer mouse.
Describes when your computer or a particular software (Internet Explorer, Outlook, MSN Messenger) is not connected to the internet.
Describes when your computer is connected to the internet.
A series of letters, numbers and characters that you enter to get into your computer, internet connection, email or websites that you are registered with. Normally passwords will be masked by asterisks (*) or big dots for security purposes.
Never give out your password for any personal or bank accounts to any one.
This is the brain or the hard working part of the computer. It is doing all the tasks that you have asked the computer to do. It sorts things out, moves information, does the calculations, presents information to the screen or printer and so on.
RAM is also known as Computer Memory. This is short term temporary memory which will be erased as soon as the computer is switched off. It only deals with the things that are happening at the moment.
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The button that you use to download a web page again. In Internet Explorer it's called "Refresh" and in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome "Reload". You should press this button or press F5 or Ctrl+F5 key in your key board if for some reason a web page appears not to have loaded correctly.
A search engine is usually a website which allows you to search the internet for information. The search engine lists results that relate to your key words.
A server is a physical computer dedicated to run one or more services, to serve the needs of the users of other computers on a network or internet.
Junk email sent to many people at once, usually involving advertising or offering services. SPAM is very deeply frowned upon by most internet users, and where it involves advertising or a false return address it is particularly disliked.
Solid State Drive is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data.