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Difference between Scareware and Trojan Horse
  • 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. Trojan Horse :
Trojan Horse is also a type of malware which uses false and fake name for mislead users from its true intent and executing them. Trojan Horses generally install on the system as legitimate and useful software that can give unauthorized access and control of the system to the hackers. Back orifice, Rootkit and Beast Trojan are some of the common Trojan horse which is more harmful.



Difference between Scareware and Trojan Horse :

S.No. Scareware Trojan Horse
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. Trojan Horse is a form of malware that capture some important information about a computer system or a computer network.
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. Trojan horses are detected by the antivirus software.
4. It give unauthorized access and control of the system to the hackers. It also give unauthorized access and control of the system to the hackers.
5. Scareware is one of the type of malware. Trojan Horse is 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. Back orifice, Rootkit and Beast Trojan are some of the common Trojan horses.

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