Such freebie applications detect some issues with the device and convince users to upgrade to the premium version to get rid of them. There are pieces of software that scan the computer and find dozens of “critical” issues that can only be resolved if you buy their premium version.
Windows users that lack technical skills are very inclined to purchase the upgraded version to fix the issues. Microsoft said that it plans to address computer programs that use alarming messages to convince users that they should really upgrade to the paid version.
Microsoft Concerned About Windows 10 Users’ Purchase Decisions
Researchers at the Windows Defender Security Research noted that the issue is problematic since many Windows users make unnecessary purchase decisions. Most of these programs, which are usually called optimizers or cleaners, will be tagged as unwanted and removed without prior notice.
Microsoft said that only programs that use coercive messages for marketing purposes will be removed. They shouldn’t use misleading information or perform unnecessary actions either.
Scareware programs usually report errors in a way that frightens users, telling them that the only solution to the problems is paying for the premium version, downloading a file, or taking a poll.
These programs also imply that no other program can fix the detected issues. Plus, users are given a deadline to act upon learning about the issues with their system.
Microsoft said the programs will be deleted via Windows 10’s Windows Defender or similar security tools.
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