READ TIME: 6 MINS. There’s an overwhelming amount of computer viruses and malicious software out there that it almost seems impossible to try and keep up with constant updates and variants. Have you ever wondered what malware was and how to avoid it? If this is your first time hearing the term malware, you’ve come to the right place. Before I dive-in on the best ways to protect against it, I’ll give you a little background on what it is.