I hardly can count how often I have spoken in my radio shows about repair scams and other tricks crooks use to scare unsuspecting computer users into handing over their credit card info; that is what all these and similar scams come down to.
Here is only a small selection of articles from this blog that deal with various aspects of this situation - with NO claim of completeness at all:
- June 2012 "Email Scams Getting More Elaborate"
- February 2013 "Phone Scams - Way Too Many!"
- May 2013 "Email From The IRS? No Way!"
- September 2013 "Cybercrime"
- October 2013 "How Malware Gets Installed"
- February 2014 ''New Twist - Old Scam"
- October 2014 "How To Spot Socially Engineered Emails"
- April 2015 "Bye bye Viruses, Hello Carelessness"
But suddenly you get a pop up window or some other kind of message informing you that "your computer has been reported" to some "Windows Security" team or is infected with 567 viruses or similar.
This sort of pop up is by definition a scam!
The only safe way out of such windows and/or messages is to close them with Alt+x, that is holding down the Alternate key and while holding it down pressing the letter X.
- Do not click anywhere in this window.
- If applicable DO NOT call the toll free phone number givin in the message.
- Do NOT "x out" of this window, that is do not click on the "red X" in the top right corner of the window to close it.
Beside getting out of this window safely I would avoid ever again going to this web site. There is almost always some alternative.
Why did I above say "... is by definition a scam"?
- There is no "Windows Security" team or company.
- Windows does NOT report any info to anybody.
- Neither Microsoft nor any of their partner companies care about your computer's and your well being!
As usual I welcome comments and suggestions right here in the blog. Thank you in advance.
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