What is Malware?

The term Malware is used as a general term to describe any form of malicious software that has been designed to exploit or harm a network, device or service. It is usually deployed by cybercriminals in an attempt to gather information and data that can be used to blackmail the victim. This is often done with the intention of financial gain.

The type of data that is targeted by these cybercriminals ranges from healthcare records and personal emails to passwords and financial data. The scale of potential for data breaches depends on the type and volume of sensitive data you have on your network.

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The Most Common Types of Malware Include:




Spyware is a form of software that installs itself onto your computer without your knowledge. Once installed, it gathers user data such as browsing history, account information and logins.


Ransomware is one of the most common types of malware and works by holding compromised data to ransom. The data is only then released upon financial payment to the attackers.



Viruses infect and damage targeted computers or other devices. Their purpose is to corrupt data, reformat hard drives or shut down whole systems. They can also be used to steal sensitive information such as financial data and logins with the vast majority of viruses entering a targeted system via email.

Why Malware Protection is Important for your Business


Malware protection is essential for modern businesses. With levels of connectivity and integration ever-increasing, the opportunity for cyber-attacks to take place grows every day. 

It has been estimated that 18 million websites on average were infected with malware each week in 2020. It took victims over a week to access their compromised data with the average costs to affected businesses totalling $2.4 million.

The problem with malware is that once it enters your system or network it becomes incredibly difficult to remove. Therefore, the best form of protection against malware is through taking a proactive approach. Preventing the software from infecting your data in the first place, alongside keeping secure backups, is the most effective form of defence.


Benefits of Zero Trust CDR for Malware Protection


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Highly versatile

Zero Trust CDR is compatible with a wide range of file formats, including all of the most popular ones such as PDFs, office files and images. These file formats are some of the most often found to be harbouring malware.

Reduced operational costs

There are no hidden costs associated with Zero Trust CDR. Without elements like signature updates and security patches, overall administrative costs are brought down.

Proven track record

Zero Trust CDR is currently being used in five continents across the globe. Some of the world's leading organisations in security, defence, law enforcement, intelligence, critical infrastructure and finance use Threat Removal alongside major governmental organisations.




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Related Deep Secure Malware Resources


Our recent ebook, ‘A Practical Guide to Combating Ransomware’, takes an in-depth look into one of the most common forms of malware. In it, we discuss how ransomware attacks its victims and what you can do to stop it.

A Practical Guide to Combatting Ransomware

The latest in our infographic series examines some staggering malware-related statistics from 2020 and further highlights the danger businesses face.

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Here DeepSecureTV provides practical insight into some of the more technical elements of malware and how it is engineered to evade defences entering the organisation without being detected.

How Ransomware Defeats Detection

DeepSecureTV takes a closer look at how Zero Trust CDR software ‘cleans’ files to ensure they are safe to send, receive and open.

How Threat Removal Defeats Ransomware

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