Scareware: Destructive to PCs

Yellow Delete Key on BlueAre you aware of scareware? It’s a form of malware that injects (infects) itself on your PC and then displays very authentic-looking error messages that warn you that a virus scan has found that you have been infected with computer viruses and need to purchase the “security software package” to get rid of them. The messages are false, you have no viruses. But you have been infected with scareware that is almost impossible to remove from your PC. Bill Mullins has written an excellent article on this subject. Read it at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Scareware is Destroyware – Not Just Malware, you won’t regret it. 

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3 responses to “Scareware: Destructive to PCs

  1. Hi Paul,

    One of the reasons I decided to change from Windows Vista to the Linux Ubuntu OS was because of all the malware, scareware, spyware etc that affects windows. To say I feel so much less stress when surfing would be an understatement. I actually feel so much more relaxed, (although I’ve not become arrogantly so, I know it is still a minefield out there). I do have ClamAV installed with Ubuntu but only to ensure I don’t unwittingly infect anyone else with something that Linux is impervious to if I share a file.


    • Paul,
      Great observation. Lots of folks are taking the Linux Ubuntu route for a little peace of mind. That’s sound advice for those who are somewhat experienced users. Thanks for sharing that tip.

  2. Thank you Paul.

    By featuring this article, you have, once again, taken a stand against cyber criminals. If we all stand together in this way, hopefully we can make a difference.



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