'Scareware' ads proliferate across Internet

07 Jun 2010

USA Today, By Byron Acohido

Even now, "scareware" continues to flourish. Online promotions for worthless anti-virus software increased tenfold in the first quarter this year as compared with mid-2008 when U.S. regulators began civil and criminal legal actions against the firm, believed to be the biggest of its kind, anti-virus firm McAfee says.

"Quite simply, scareware is booming," says Roel Schouwenberg, senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

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