scareware
 n.— «Scareware is a term for applications that find fictitious malware on a user’s computer and then try to trick the user into purchasing unnecessary and fraudulent anti-malware software or services. Scareware relies on social engineering to deceive, like many phishing attacks and other forms of malware.» —“Mac Users Targeted By ‘Scareware’ Fraud Application” by Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Jan. 15, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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