What is the difference between Antivirus, Antispyware, and Antimalware?

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Nowadays they're all kinda the same thing. But technically antivirus will protect you from things like Trojans, or Worms. Antispyware will protect you from programs that will want to spy on your web surfing or even hijack it. (Force you to use searchit when you go to google for example). Antimalware is the generic term applied to both of these as virus and spyware both really do the same thing.

So to answer you question. You need both antivirus and antispyware programs. Or you can just get a antimalware program to do both jobs.
 

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Nowadays they're all kinda the same thing. But technically antivirus will protect you from things like Trojans, or Worms. Antispyware will protect you from programs that will want to spy on your web surfing or even hijack it. (Force you to use searchit when you go to google for example). Antimalware is the generic term applied to both of these as virus and spyware both really do the same thing.

So to answer you question. You need both antivirus and antispyware programs. Or you can just get a antimalware program to do both jobs.
 
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