Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.
Software is considered to be Malware based on the perceived intent of the creator rather than any particular features. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or program. In law, malware is sometimes known as a computer contaminant, for instance in the legal codes of several U. S. states, including California and West Virginia.
Malware is not the same as defective software, that is, software that has a legitimate purpose but contains harmful bugs. Sometimes, malware is disguised as genuine software, and may come from an official site. Therefore, some security programs, such as McAfee may call malware "potentially unwanted programs" or "PUP". Though a computer virus is malware that can reproduce itself, the term is often used erroneously to refer to the entire category. Malware is sometimes called scumware.
On the other hand Antivirus/ Virus is
A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, including but not limited to adware and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to the target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive.
Viruses can increase their chances of spreading to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer.
As stated above, the term "computer virus" is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware, even those that do not have the reproductive ability. Malware includes computer viruses, computer worms, Trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware and other malicious and unwanted software, including true viruses. Viruses are sometimes confused with worms and Trojan horses, which are technically different. A worm can exploit security vulnerabilities to spread itself automatically to other computers through networks, while a Trojan horse is a program that appears harmless but hides malicious functions. Worms and Trojan horses, like viruses, may harm a computer system's data or performance. Some viruses and other malware have symptoms noticeable to the computer user, but many are surreptitious or simply do nothing to call attention to themselves. Some viruses do nothing beyond reproducing themselves.
So a good antivirus is any one that you've tested and you find acceptable and efficient at detecting threats like Avast
A good anti malware is IMO is Malwarebytes anti-malware.
Therefore generally speaking Malwares are a specific type/form of virus.
And to answer your other question try using Malware bytes File Assasin tool to permanently delete the file you want (adware pro)
Instructions to get rid of Adware Pro
If you really want to remove the Adware Pro infection on your system manually then proceed as follows.
Step 1: Kill the Adware Pro Processes – ( by opening the windows task manager)
Step 2: Remove Adware Pro files, folders and all associated Adware Pro DLL files:
www.adwarepro \’AdwarePro\’ Scheduled Scan.job
C:\Program Files\adware pro
Step 3: Uninstall Adware Pro registry entries: ( for XP go start>> run> type regedit.exe for Vista and windows 7 go start>>> type regedit then proceed with the folowing.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”‘AdwarePro’” = “?ogramFiles?dwarePro\’AdwarePro’.exe – boot”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”‘AdwarePro’” = “?ogramFiles?dwarePro\’AdwarePro’.exe – boot”
Hope this helps
Answered By: Danny G - 11/30/2010