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addaword.gifdefinition of scareware

fake warning messages that come up on your computer screen, eg telling you that you have a virus and offering software to fix it. However this virus software is actually designed to make your computer more vulnerable to attack and allows criminals to obtain your credit card details which can then be used for identity theft scams.
We had a scareware alert on the office network last week.
Submitted by: Heidi, Norfolk from United Kingdom on 20/10/2009 14:37:00
Definition of scareware from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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