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Windows Scams

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I cant say this enough when it comes to Windows phony scams such as your files are corrupted and unrecoverable or your computer is locked etc..

Microsoft computer warnings will not pop-up in your browser and say your computer is locked and to call them,  the only program that will pop up is Windows Defender Security Center and it will tell you your computer has been scanned and no virus's were detected or there were and then deleted from the scan,  that's if you do have that program installed.

A couple of screen shots are below of the scam with the toll free number,  these are from several months ago that I received when I was surfing the web and I also got them when I was logged onto Face Book,  take note that you cant close the phony web page but if you hit the Esc (Escape) on the keyboard then you can click the X for close in the browser tab and this should close it.

I thought I would call that number just to see who answered and play with them,  we talked and I told him the pop-up webpage said my computer was corrupted and yada yada yada,  we talked for a minute then I said my phone was breaking up and I hung up,  now get this I blocked my cell phone number before I called but somehow the guy called me right back :huh:

We then talked some more and then I ripped into him to let him know I was playing him like he was playing me he chuckled then hung up on me.

If you see this webpage do not panic and do not call the number,  the webpage may look different and the number as well from my pics below.  It is not really a virus just a redirected webpage annoyance.

 

I do suggest you run CCLeaner to clear your web cache and history folder as well.

 

 

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Yes, these are still a huge problem and, unfortunately, many people still fall for these scams. Thanks for getting the word out and reminding everyone to be careful. Never call these numbers, never let anyone have remote access to your computer. 

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On 2/14/2019 at 5:03 AM, Dave@Bytes said:

Yes, these are still a huge problem and, unfortunately, many people still fall for these scams. Thanks for getting the word out and reminding everyone to be careful. Never call these numbers, never let anyone have remote access to your computer. 

Heck, I have probably gotten at least a half dozen of those phony scams.  Some won't let you leave the page so I just power off my computer, run virus scans.  I even got one that said my computer was locked because of pornography.  But none have yet infected my computer that I remember.

But one thing that has been a trial is warning that my browser has been hijacked.  Before I left Yahoo,  who did nothing about the problem, I was getting them regularly.  Changed my passowod three times in one month, tried to used Yahoo's blocks, but it continued to happen.  I switched to gmail.com and have gotten on warning that my browser was hijacked by someone in Bogo Cita LA.  I changed my password as suggested.  Seems to me gmail is diligent is watching for this sort of thing.  

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Modern Operating System and web browsers do a pretty good job of squashing these types of things before they pop-up anymore. But you can still get onto sits that force code to run in your web browser to make it SEEM like you are infected. Just close the page (by whatever means necessary) and do not lick any links in the pop-ups or website. 

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Yeah they do pop-up,  I use Firefox and other browsers and the main thing you can do with all of them is set your Security Settings,  make you own blacklist and your whitelist,  set your favorite sites like here at PCTechbytes on the whitelist and blacklist the others :cool:

Most browsers these days now should have that set by default ( security ),  there are a few bugs that do get through,  it will always happen and we just got to keep on updating till there is no more updating by the year 3010 and we all rest in peace :huh:

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