Anti-Virus vs Anti-Malware programs
What's the difference between a virus, and malware?
Well, Malware is actually a really broad term- it literally means any bad programs or harmful programs. This doesn't just include programs that are intended to harm your computer. Some malware is actually designed for good, but has problems.
So if a program is bad, doesn't that mean it's a virus?
No, a virus is defined as a program that infects a computer causes significant harm and spreads from that computer to other computers. Malware doesn't generally spread via viral means.
So what I need is an Anti-Virus Program and not a Malware program?
Wrong, you need both. Malware may not be nearly as bad as a virus in most cases however it can cause significant resource drainage and also be more annoying than many viruses. For example a form of Malware is called Adware; Adware is what we call programs that use 'evil' means to advertise to victims. Methods like creating popups in their internet browser, or telling the victim their computer has a virus and that they have to pay for an antivirus program to remove it.