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Learn insights about what different PC executables and processes do, and if they're safe or malware.
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A process is an executable that is actively executed and running on your PC’s memory.
An executable and an app can be the same thing, but an executable usually refers only to the main .exe part of the application. The application may have other shared parts (like dynamic linked libraries) that run in-conjunction with the main executable, and these things together could be called the full “app”.
Spyware is a type of malware that is more focused on monitoring you and your PCs behavior. For example, one common type of spyware called a keylogger will record everything you type and send it back to a hacker. The hacker will then analyze everything you typed for banking passwords and other sensitive data. Sometimes spyware will even take screenshots of your PC without you knowing.