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scareware

A warning message that pops up from a website that claims the user's computer is currently contaminated or not running properly. Also called "fake antivirus" and "rogue antivirus," scareware is a dishonest attempt to cause a user to purchase antivirus, registry cleaner or some other software that repairs problems or enhances performance.

Worse yet, scareware may be used to entice the user to install phony software that implants a real virus or some other malware. In either case, the dire warning frightens people into taking action. See ransomware, spyware and wares.
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McAfee Labs has reported that cyber criminals make profits upwards of $300 million worldwide from scamming consumers with scareware.
We're seeing a steady if not rapid growth of scareware which -- like other high-profile threats -- will eventually begin to diminish in success and profitability once end-users become wise to them," said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research, Fortinet.
htm" target="_blank">Mac Defender</a> is a piece of fake antivirus software, or scareware, that pretends to scan for viruses, when in fact it redirects the user's browser to pornographic web sites (to convince a user that the computer is infected).
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A Russian payment processing firm may be behind the Mac Defender scareware - or at least be turning a blind eye to the scammers.
In light of reports of increasing incidents of scareware and rogue antivirus programs recently appearing on the Internet, Barracuda Networks Inc.
Scareware, or Fake Antivirus software - Scareware is the fake antivirus software that tricks someone into believing that their computer is at risk--or already infected--so they agree to download and pay for phony software.
Mike Chandler, the CEO of ASICSoft, an integrated circuit engineering services firm in San Jose, California, said: "The UTM9S does a fantastic job securing us from social media malware and scareware phishing scams, while keeping our workforce focused and productive.
com/kb/HT4650">instructions </a>for removing the MAC Defender scareware, and says it will also publish a software update that will automatically remove MAC Defender in the coming days.
Department of Justice and the FBI announced that they had cracked an international cybercrime ring believed to have scammed more than $72 million through scareware sales.
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