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Pop-Up Microsoft Virus Alert Scams

Microsoft Scam

I honestly thought I had written about this a long time ago, but in searching the entire blog, I found out otherwise.

If you see something like the image below, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER.

It is a SCAM.

  1. They will try and talk you into taking control of your computer to “prove” that you have a long list of hideous viruses.
    (You don’t)
  2. They will tell you they need to sell you software to “protect your IP address”
    (completely fake).
  3. They can – and have – in many cases, lock your computer so you cannot get back into it without paying a ransom.
    (I can fix this)

Your IP address is assigned by your Internet provider (AT&T, Spectrum, Frontier, etc.) and it can change at any time without your knowledge.  There is no need to “protect” it.  This is a scare tactic which counts on the average computer user being unfamiliar with the facts above.

There are new scams every second.  Don’t fall for them.

Never call a number that pops up on your screen alerting you to a problem.  It is always bogus.  It happens when you go to an infected web server.  Some page you visited has been hijacked by the bad guys.  Never go back to this site.  You should scan your computer for viruses at this point, but you likely will find nothing.  That has been my experience.  You may find browser hijackers (extensions or add-ins) that are redirecting your searches.  These need to be found and removed.

Microsoft Scam

Microsoft Scam

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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