Difference Between Virus,Worms,Trojan and Spyware

 06/18/2017 - 05:14
Difference Between Virus,Worms,Trojan and Spyware

We all have heard the terms Virus,Worms,trojans and spyware but only a few of us know the difference between them. We genereally consider everything that is detected by an antivirus as virus but this is not the case. The antivirus not only provides protection against viruses but it also protects us from trojans, worms and spywares. All these can be harmful to your computer hardware and software. Today I will differentiate all these terms from each other . Ok lets start from the introduction of viruses.

Virus define

Virus: A virus is a self replicating program that attaches itself to an executable file. When the file is executed the virus automatically gets executed and enters into system memory . Once it enters into system memory it either searches for other files that can be infected or stays in the background and infect the files that are uses the virus infected program.

Worms Define


Worms: Worms are very similar to viruses but differ in way that they donot bind themselves to executable files instead to replicate themselves they uses the network. If you find excessive use of your network bandwidth then you may be infected by a worm. So,a worm donot require a user to execute any file for its execution it can work without user intervention.

Trojan Define


Trojan Horse: A trojan horse is harmful program which may seem harmless to the user before its installation but instead it is programmed or reverse engineered to facilitate unauthorised remote access to the computer. Trojan’s donot replicate themselves.

Spyware Define

Spyware: A spyware is a program that secretly monitors and collects pieces of information. They usually run in stealth mode and cannot be detected easily. Keyloggers is a great example of spyware software. There are not limited to just spying but can also send data to remote computers.


Now Here I am Providing you with the list of names of most harmful virus and worms in the history of computers:
1. Storm Worm
2. Leap-A/Oompa- A
3. Sasser and Netsky
4. MyDome (Novarg)
5. SQL Slammer / Sapphire
6. Nimda
7. Code Red and Code Red II
8. The Klez

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