Words at Play : Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 3

#5: Scareware

Definition:

fake antivirus software that people are tricked into buying in various Internet scams

Example:

"According to a recent Google study, 60 percent of malicious sites that embed hot keywords try to distribute scareware to the computers of visitors." — Riva Richmond, The New York Times, May 19, 2010

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