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[mass noun] Malicious computer programs designed to trick a user into buying and downloading unnecessary and potentially dangerous software, such as fake antivirus protection:‘another worrying finding of the report is the huge increase in scareware’
- ‘In fact, McAfee itself has recently reported that cybercriminals made profits of $300 million globally from scamming consumers with scareware.’
- ‘Symantec also believes some people distributing the scareware could be earning more than a million dollars each year.’
- ‘Visitors to the New York Times website who were served the poisoned advert saw pop-up messages warning them that their computer had been infected, and urging them to install scareware.’
- ‘Just about any newsworthy tragedy is likely to be used as a theme to promote scareware portals these days, one of the easiest mechanisms for cybercrooks to make money.’
- ‘This past weekend, even the New York Times was duped into running a scareware ad on their site.’
- ‘On average, Sophos identifies five new scareware websites every day, with the figure peaking at over 20 per day on occasion.’
- ‘The firm has identified more than 250 versions of this software, known as "scareware".’
- ‘Symantec said that scareware vendors go to great lengths to initimidate and trick web users in to purchasing this malicious software.’
- ‘The people behind the adverts encourage Apple Macintosh users to download a piece of scareware called MacSweeper.’
- ‘Sophos picked up an average of fifteen such scareware sites per day during the first half of 2009, a three-fold increase over the same period last year.’
- ‘Rogue/fake applications (scareware) such as this have been around for years on Windows.’
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