Scareware is a malicious file that falsely informs the user their computer is infected, only to actually infect it in the end. This is mostly a psychological manipulation and often appears in the form of a pop-up. Other names include Deception Software, Rogue Scanner Software, and Fraudware.
Traits of Scareware
- Providing false messages from anti-virus software – this will trick the users into downloading a fake anti-virus software by informing them their computer has been infected.
- Bombarding your desktop with false-solution pop-ups -these pop-ups often indicate the “problem” and the “solution”.
- Using emails to trick you into downloading malicious files.
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How to Avoid a Scareware Infection
- Do run a routine FixMeStick scan.
- Do clear your web browser often.
- Do use a pop-up blocker.
- Do run your antivirus software while working on your device.
- Don’t click on pop-ups.
- Don’t send unknown people money.
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders or strange emails.
- Don’t visit suspicious websites.
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