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A pop up comes up in my desktop saying your computer has virus in it, click here to remove.


2019/06/13 03:11
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When I clock on it, itbasks $50 for removing all the virus. I have any antivirus then why it didn't delete it automatically.
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Answered by
Lokesh Yadav
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Hi Jennifer,

Pop up messages claiming that you have a virus and you are in need of anti-virus software may, ironically, actually contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself from scareware.

Scareware is sold to unsuspecting computer users who fear viruses on their computers. The scareware is either useless or contains damaging malware programs. The cyber criminals convince users that he or she has a virus that has infected their computer and then offers anti-virus software to remove it. The virus does not in fact exist until the user downloads the scareware.

The term scareware describes software products that often generates a bombardment of pop up warning messages that makes using your computer difficult.
The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go to the real site to review or see recommendations.
Once the pop-up warning appears, it can’t easily be deleted by clicking on the "close" or "X" buttons. In some cases, the popup instructs you to click a link to purchase the software, or just has an "OK" button or some other button or link to click. Don't be tempted. You do not want to click anything in the popup. If you do, you may then see a form to collect payment information for the bogus viurs protection product. In some cases the scareware installs malicious code onto your computer, whether you click the warning or not.

Downloading from one of these fake virus warning popups can result in viruses, malicious software called Trojans, and/or keyloggers— hardware that records passwords and sensitive data —being installed on your computer. This malicious software can cause severe damage and the inability to use your computer.

In other cases, the popups direct you to call a phone number to get live help to uninstall the virus. Do not do so! When you call the number you may be asked to give your credit card information and/or give the person who answers your call remote access to your computer. With remote access they can install various types of malware.

The FTC suggests that if you’re faced with any of the warning signs of a scareware scam or suspect a problem, shut down your browser. Don’t click "No" or "Cancel," or even the "x" at the top right corner of the screen. Some scareware is designed so that any of those buttons can activate the program. If you use Windows, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open your Task Manager, and click "End Task." If you use a Mac, press Command + Option + Q + Esc to "Force Quit."
Lastly, make it a practice not to click on any links within pop-ups.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Lokesh
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