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scareware

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɛːwɛː
 
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Definition of scareware in English:

noun

[mass 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
More example sentences
  • Rogue/fake applications (scareware) such as this have been around for years on Windows.
  • This past weekend, even the New York Times was duped into running a scareware ad on their site.
  • 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.

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