Short one for Technocracy today. There’s Spyware, Adware and now Scareware, from Norton’s website, and a Wiki definition.

Eeesh, needless to say, do NOT download any of these promotional scans, they don’t work, they scare the living daylights out of you (that your machine has 2,000+ virus problems) and then want you to pay $49 for the ‘clean up’ version of their software.  They can also lock-up your homepage on your browser among other nuisances. It’s also hard to remove from your computer once installed, you can un-install the program through your Control Panel, but it still leaves footprints in your Registry.  You need CCleaner or a similar program to clean up the Registry – then you can say, this machine is now clean! Happy trails…