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Difference between Scareware and Worms
  • 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. Worms :
Worms is similar to virus but it does not modify the program. It replicate itself more and more to cause slow down the computer system. Worms can be controlled by remote. The main objective of worms to eat the system resources.



Difference between Scareware and Worms :

S.No.ScarewareWorms
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.A Worm is a form of malware that replicates itself and can spread to different computers via 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.Worms can be detected and removed by the Antivirus and firewall.
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.Worms 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.Morris Worm, Storm Worm and SQL Slammer are some of the examples of worms.

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