scareware


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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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What is alarming is that the scareware program is often branded with familiar product logos such as McAfee, Norton or Microsoft.
Scareware is easy enough to remove from a Windows-based computer.
Users of the infected websites were infected with scareware which report that their machines are infected with viruses.
In announcing the judgment, FTC Chairman John Liebowitz stated that the defendants had "taken scareware to a whole other level of virtual mayhem.
The next day, additional links used the Blackhole exploit kit to infect victims' machines with malware before automatically sending them to a site that was hosting another scareware program called "Windows Antivirus Patch.
The lawsuit which apparently inspired the hack attack was filed by James Gross, who accused Symantec of using scareware tactics to sell its products.
Scareware tactics and the use of rogue anti-virus, which decreased a bit in 2011, will stage a comeback.
These pests include viruses as well worms, Trojan horses, spyware, scareware, ransomware, phishing and more, all colorfully named but seriously dangerous.
Other common crimes were industrial espionage, extortion, direct online theft, fraud such as identity theft or fiscal fraud, the installation of scareware and theft of customer data.
The new entries include scareware (malicious computer programs), buttloads (large amounts) and cyberbullying.