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Difference between Scareware and Malware

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  • Last Updated : 24 Sep, 2020
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1. Scareware :
Scareware is a form of malware that is malicious software that poses as legitimate computer security software and claims to detect a variety of threats on the affected computer that do not actually exist. The users are then informed that they have to purchase the scareware in order to repair their computers and are barraged with aggressive and pop up notifications until they supply their credit card number and pay up the desired amount for the worthless scareware product.

2. Malware :
Malware is an umbrella term that is used to cover all types of malicious software. Malware is designed to attack on organizations, corporations, and individuals by destroy data and resources, cause error and slow down the performance. Malware can be delivered to a networked system through emails or software installations or surfing via internet. Virus, trojan horses, worms, and spyware are the types of malware along with a few others which is more harmful.

Difference between Scareware and Malware :

1.Scareware is a tool to help fix your system but when the software is executed it will infect your system or completely destroy it.Malware is a file or a code, designed to cause damage to a user’s personal computer and network.
2.It is less harmful as compared.It is more harmful.
3.In this, user should immediately close the browser.In this, user should restore the PC to gain access.
4.Scareware is one of the type of malware.Malware covers a lot of different malicious software.
5.Scareware can be detected in browser by pop up notification and removed by the Antivirus and firewall.Malware can be detected and removed by the antivirus program.
6.It give unauthorized access and control of the system to the hackers.It can destroy data and resources, cause error and slow down the performance.
7.DriveCleaner, WinAntivirus, ErrorSafe, WinFixer and XP Antivirus are some of the examples of scareware.Viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware are some of the common malware.
8.It displays windows- style popups.It displays a software.

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