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Difference between Scareware and Spyware

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  • Last Updated : 24 Sep, 2020

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. Spyware :
Spyware is a kind of malware that perform certain works include watching and tracking of user actions and collecting personal data. Spyware programs generally install themselves on system and provides profit to the third party by collecting data of system user without his consent. Malicious spyware also try to catch passwords and personal information of the users by running in background in the system.

Difference between Scareware and Spyware :

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.Spyware is a form of malware designed to collect your personal information.
2.It is less harmful as compared.It is more harmful.
3.Scareware can be detected in browser by pop up notification and removed by the Antivirus and firewall.Spyware can be detected and removed by the antispyware program.
4.It give unauthorized access and control of the system to the hackers.It provides profit to the third party by collecting data of user without his awareness.
5.Scareware is one of the type of malware.Spyware is also one of the type of malware.
6.It displays windows – style popups.It displays a software.
7.In this, user should immediately close the browser.In this, user should restore the PC to gain access.
8.DriveCleaner, WinAntivirus, ErrorSafe, WinFixer and XP Antivirus are some of the examples of scareware.Bonzibuddy, Cydore and Downloadware are some examples of spyware

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