Definition of malware in English:

malware

noun

  • [mass noun] Software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorized access to a computer system.

    • ‘The problem is that many people are impacted by viruses and malware, and thus are quite angry about it.’
    • ‘The malware also tries to download further code from the internet.’
    • ‘These things will be very restricted in what they do; they'll certainly refuse to run malware, whatever operating system they use.’
    • ‘Whether it's spyware, adware or malware, it is just plain dangerous and costly.’
    • ‘Spammers sometimes use this form of malware to commandeer computers and turn them into spam-sending drones.’

Origin

1990s: blend of malicious and software.

Pronunciation:

malware

/ˈmalwɛː/