Scumware

What Does Scumware Mean?

Scumware is a broad term that refers to any programming code or software utility that is downloaded without consent or knowledge by the end user. It encompasses non-malicious and malicious software (malware) that is transferred to a system, typically from the Internet. Most scumware is harmful.

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Spyware, malware, adware and viruses are forms of scumware.

Scumware is also known as ThiefWare.

Techopedia Explains Scumware

Scumware is downloaded/transferred to an end user’s computer through a variety of methods, including the following:

  • Bundled with freeware
  • Hidden in software
  • With any other file downloaded from the Internet

Once downloaded, scumware can perpetrate various services, including providing remote access to a hacker, displaying advertisements in browsers or corrupting computer files.

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