Microsoft announced today that beginning March 1, it will begin removing “scareware” from devices. Scareware is the type of “cleaner” or “antivirus” that scares users into upgrading to a premium version with the promise to clean up the device, often fabricating issues or blowing them out of proportion. Microsoft Defender will now classify these utilities as unwanted software and remove detected offenders.

“Programs must not display alarming or coercive messages or misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions,” Defender’s new criteria states.

Defender will also remove any software that “reports errors in an exaggerated or alarming manner” or “suggests that no other actions will correct the reported errors or issues.”


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Leonardo Alcantar

Leonardo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The College of St. Scholastica and graduated with the highest distinction (Summa Cum Laude). He is now in the process of earning his Master of Science in Digital Forensics. With a background in developing solutions for highly regulated fields, such as finance and healthcare – Leonardo is always learning and earning certifications along the way to increase the level of service he can offer.