Tagged: scareware

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Windows Defender to remove optimizer scareware

Windows Defender, the anti-malware software that’s built in to Windows, is going to start removing utility software that tries to scare users into upgrading, starting in March. The Windows software ecosystem has a large variety of software of dubious merit that claims to detect and diagnose faults. These programs often offer a free version that purports to find problems and a paid version that...

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Microsoft to sue scareware security vendors

Microsoft and Washington state are cracking down on scareware scammers who bombard computer users with fake warning messages in hopes of selling them useless software. The state’s attorney general and lawyers from Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement team are expected to announce today several lawsuits against so-called ‘scareware’ vendors, who are being charged under Washington state’s Computer Spyware Act. The vendors targeted by the lawsuits...