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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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"Outside of a few surprising finds, like Mac scareware in our top ten malware list, we saw attackers stick to what they know in Q3 by reusing and modifying old attacks like cross-site scripting, Mimikatz and cryptominers.
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Scareware that preys upon the fears of family members less technically savvy than you is really slimy.
What is alarming is that the scareware program is often branded with familiar product logos such as McAfee, Norton or Microsoft.
There are three levels of ransomware according to Eric Geier of PC World: scareware, lock-screen viruses, and, worst of all, encrypting malware.
Garth Bruen, a fellow with the Digital Citizens Alliance, a consumer safety group focused on online crime, said that the people selling the software were the same people who infected the machine, which later came to be known as 'scareware'.
Trojans are used for phishing mainly in four channels; as key and screen loggers, as rogue websites, as web proxy, as scareware or as spam relays [14], [23], [24], [25], [26].
Ransomware -- also called cryptoviruses, cryptotrojans, cryptoworms or scareware -- comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands that a ransom be paid to the creator of the malware for the access restrictions to be lifted.
3) Increase in sophistication of cyber-attacks: Last year, we saw cybercriminals abandon older scareware methods such as Fake AV scams and move over to Ransomware scams.
(June 21, 2010), http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1998055,00.html (describing scareware: "one of the fastest-growing and most prevalent types of Internet fraud"); See also Michael Rothfeld, D.A.
In announcing the judgment, FTC Chairman John Liebowitz stated that the defendants had "taken scareware to a whole other level of virtual mayhem."
Another prediction is that ransomware is the new scareware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that disables the functionality of a computer and displays a message which demands payment to restore functionality.