Definition

antimalware (anti-malware)

Antimalware (anti-malware) is a type of software program designed to prevent, detect and remediate malicious programming on individual computing devices and IT systems. 

Antimalware software protects against infections caused by many types of malware, including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, spyware, keyloggers, ransomware and adware.  Antimalware software can be installed on an individual computing device, gateway server or dedicated network appliance. It can also be purchased as a cloud service or be embedded in a computing device's firmware.   

The terms antivirus software and antimalware software are often used as synonyms. Some antimalware vendors, however, like to differentiate the two terms in order to promote the capabilities of their own products and downplay the capabilities of products that carry the more traditional label, antivirus.

See also: CloudAV

Contributor(s): Sharon Shea
This was last updated in November 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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