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What is botnet malware?

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Botnet malware is specifically created to allow control over a computer to make it work as a member of a botnet. A botnet is a large collection of bots that is used to perform nefarious tasks in unison.

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Botnets are most commonly used for sending spam, stealing sensitive personal and financial information, denial of service attacks and expanding the botnet itself. Botnets provide their controllers with a vast amount of computing power and make it harder for them to be caught.

Any type of malware can be used to turn a computer into a bot. By using an up-to-date virus scanner, setting up a firewall and being aware of the websites visited, users can protect their computers from malware.

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