antimalware (anti-malware)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Tackle endpoint defense issues to obtain the best endpoint security
Contributor(s): Sharon Shea

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

This was last updated in November 2013

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