Tech Quiz of the Day

Dec 19 2008   9:44PM GMT

Tech trivia challenge – scareware

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our Tech Term is scareware
Scareware is a type of malware designed to trick victims into purchasing and downloading useless and potentially dangerous software. A scareware program usually generates pop-ups that resemble Windows system messages and warn the user that viruses or other problems have been detected.

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