All about Scamware
The first thing to know about Scamware, or scam software, is that they will lie to you. Their programs will say you have thousands of things wrong with your computer, when you may only have a couple hundred minor things. Then they ask for you to pay for their “Pro” version of their software so that they can fix your computer, when in actuality they do little to nothing, and usually hinder your computer’s performance.
That is where the name comes from. Their software are scams. This is the way the malware community has headed. Ransomware, Scamware, and Adware are the three most prevalent types of malware out in the world right now. That is because the developers can make easy money out of their programs. Gone are the days when a programmer gets bored, writes an annoying bit of programming, sends it “out onto the internet” to mess with people’s computers. Deleting files, shutting down your computer, causing irrelevant popups and messing with your computer’s settings. Now that these criminals have found that they can make money out of the computer user, they are hard at work.
There are, of course, legitimate programs out there that will fix the problems on your computer, such as RegZooka, which usually reports one to two hundred problems on the first scan, then depending on how long it was between scans, it can be several dozen. Some of the main differences between a type of software such as RegZooka and scamware, is that scamware will slow down your computer to make it seem like there are thousands of problems, and scamware will install itself on your computer without your express consent. Scamware will also lie to you about how many issues you have, and then not actually fix anything when you pay for it.
The easiest way to detect whether or not you have scamware is to see if you have any unidentified programs on your computer. Some of the common ones are 24/7 Help, PC Optimizer Pro, My PC Backup, and most of them have similar names. If you know that you didn’t install a program on your computer, and it didn’t come with your computer, try looking it up through the internet. Google is a great resource. Just typing in the name of the program, then adding “Is this safe” will link you to many sources of information for safeguarding your computer.
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