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2 How malware gets into your computer

This section is part of the amber and green pathways.

Malware can get into a computer through a variety of mechanisms, most of which involve exploiting a combination of human and technical factors.

For example, a malware creator might get you to download their malware by putting a link in an email, or attaching the malware to an email. Alternatively, malware might be packaged with illegal copies of standard software so that it can get into the machines of people who choose to use these illegal copies rather than pay for the genuine versions.

This diagram shows two common means for malware infections. First, via download: link to malware via email, or attach malware to email. Second, packaging with other software: attach malware to illegal copies of popular software downloaded.
Figure 8 Common means for malware infections

However, before looking in detail at how malware gets into your computer, it’s worth thinking about why it does. What is malware for?

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