malevolent program

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Noun1.malevolent program - a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effectsmalevolent program - a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects
computer program, computer programme, programme, program - (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code"
logic bomb, slag code - a set of instructions inserted into a program that are designed to execute (or `explode') if a particular condition is satisfied; when exploded it may delete or corrupt data, or print a spurious message, or have other harmful effects; "a disgruntled employee planted a logic bomb"
trojan, trojan horse - a program that appears desirable but actually contains something harmful; "the contents of a trojan can be a virus or a worm"; "when he downloaded the free game it turned out to be a trojan horse"
computer virus, virus - a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer; "a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance"
worm - a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network; "worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers"
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The receivers must be wary of opening such an email as it reportedly contains a malware, a malevolent program that has the ability to harm your computer.
Its route of entry was a "dropper" app, which mimics famous products but carries debilitating malware that can harvest data and install other malevolent programs. Downloading apps like this is the digital equivalent of leaving your front door open.
Ransomware, malevolent programs that lock down systems until payment is delivered to the attackers, is spreading beyond its traditional hunting grounds of North America and Europe, to plague users in other regions, according to cyber security specialist Trend Micro.