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Nix That Click: Six Scareware Scams To Watch Out For provides a list of some of the nastiest rogue antispyware programs out there -- designed to trick people into paying to remove malware from their computers.

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Scareware Threats To Avoid

One of the most cunning ploys to get people to download malware is rogue antispyware. Also known as scareware, the applications are installed through poisoned links embedded in search results. The malicious activity spikes during major holidays and events, such as the night of the Academy Awards, when the number of people searching for information jumps. The fake antispyware is designed to trick people into believing that their computers are infected and they need to pay to have the infection removed. The blackmail doesn't end there -- it continues every few weeks as criminals demand more money to remove malware. Here is some of the top scareware on the Web today, according to

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