Last week we received a call from a scammer claiming he was from Microsoft Technical Support, that our computer had ransomware on it, and that he wanted to help us detect and remove it.  In case you don’ t know, ransomware is a malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.  We knew this was a scam the second the guy from India started talking.  First off, someone will NEVER call you to see if you have ransomware.  You know you do because a popup appears telling you to pay or lose your files.  This is the first I’ve heard of someone actually calling to get you to install the malicious software.

He wanted us to go to a website where he would “help us” check to see if the malicious software existed, but which would actually install the malicious software with him on the phone. After a few questions to the scammer about him and his company, he hung up on us.  And no, we do not have any ransomware on our computers.

If you are ever on a website and all of a sudden a popup appears informing you that you have a virus or wanting to check your computer to see if you have a virus, NEVER click anything.  Launch your Task Manager and “End Task” on the browser you are using, in essence, shutting down the browser.  Clicking “No”, “Cancel” or even the little “X” in the pop-up window could inadvertently install malware on your computer.

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