Anti-virus program

An anti-virus program is a program that detects up-to-date and known malware.

Antivirus software, sometimes called an anti-malware program, appeared quite a few years ago to protect computers from viruses and other threats that affected the initial modern computers. Nowadays, antivirus programs protect users from more advanced online dangers, like ransomware, rootkits, trojans, spyware, phishing attacks or botnets. Nevertheless, the name "antivirus" was preserved for these software solutions that protect computers from a large number of threats.