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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TELECOMWORLDWIRE-November 29, 2011-Norman reports drop in FakeAV attacks(C)1994-2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.
In an announcement, the cybercriminals invite users to distribute FakeAV for $25 every time the fake antivirus is installed and paid for.
2 percent, is very close to joining the high-risk group of countries due to the increase in the number of FakeAV detections, a statement said.
OR has been very active for nearly two months, no doubt fuelled by the success FakeAV loaders like Fraudload.
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FAKEAV variants from the malicious sites are then served to infect machines, said a statement.