In the process of explaining the said difference, it is much better to understand the difference between viruses and malware’s. It is because both seem to be inheriting the same damaging property and characteristics but they are not similar in any context. And talking about virus than a decade ago this term was in the air for quite a while and introduces the cyber world and its users with threats that were not known and expected by them at that time. But after their introduction as a destructive program, the users become cautious and software companies start offering their users protective software in the form of Antivirus and but viruses were the talk of the bygone days. Now, these destructive and vicious programs are known as malware. These malware’s have a more and aggressive effect and they can easily affect the PCs or any system very easily because they are an improvised version of virus and are more destructive in nature. And to give a check, like Antivirus, there are Anti-Malware’s, which are capable to give a strong fight and in return protect their users from their attack.
How Viruses and Malware’s affects
But before understanding the difference between Antivirus and Anti-Malware’s it is quite relevant to understand the threats so that a proper and appropriate security system must be created against them. Let’s begin with our old nemesis Virus. It is nothing but software which was designed with the motto of threatening users and affecting the machine in an altogether strange way. Program replications, data loss, identity theft, are some of the harms of viruses which finally results in Operating system corrupted and crashes. The program or software designed to destroy or remove these viruses is thus called Anti-Viruses.
Malware’s, on the other hand, are malicious in nature and the most alarming part is that they can attack without coming into light, that means without getting into the knowledge or consent of the users these malicious programs automatically gets installed in the PCs and start attacking and corrupting the system. They are likely to be designed in such manner that can easily fool their users and looks very genuine programs and in order to protect PCs from such malicious programs Anti-Malware is the tool or software created to fight against every malware’s like adware, spyware, worms.
Furthermore, before describing the difference between Antivirus and Anti-Malware it is better to understand that both may seem like a destructive program but they are very different in their approach. It is because viruses are not adaptive and not evolved accordingly and stay in the system without being changed. But on the other hand, malware’s are very adaptive and can change accordingly very frequently. Viruses can attack through old processes like by USBs, Pen drives etc., but malware’s are the advanced one creates threats online i.e. while surfing and browsing.
So are there fighting and protective tools because their features and characteristics defined on the basis of their functionality and how they treat these malicious programs. Ant viruses are designed to fight old and established threats like Trojans, Viruses, and Worms etc. While Anti Malware’s are designed to fight from modern online threats.