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.
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.