Definition of scareware in English:

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scareware

Pronunciation: /ˈskerˌwer/

noun

informal
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
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  • Symantec also believes some people distributing the scareware could be earning more than a million dollars each year.
  • On average, Sophos identifies five new scareware websites every day, with the figure peaking at over 20 per day on occasion.
  • In fact, McAfee itself has recently reported that cybercriminals made profits of $300 million globally from scamming consumers with scareware.
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