So a fake microsoft security warning pops up on your computer asking you to call as your computer security has been compromised. You have probably just encountered a fake security warning virus that claims to be apart of Microsoft Windows Essentials security.
Then you’re prompted to call a number as your computer has a urget warning that everything is effected and can be unsecure if you don’t get a hold of them immediately.
This can seem real as some have done a good job making it look like a Microsoft page with a pop up over it.
This fake Microsoft security warning tricks you, by giving you a Microsoft virus warning pop up page to click on with a 1-800 number to call.
This warning that is supposed to look like it’s protecting you, ends up being the virus if you click.
They list a number to call in a pop up box message. So what do you need to do? Well it depends, I just exited out of the page window and ran Malware bytes. It seems that mine was not as hard to get rid of as some other ones out there.
You may feel you need to do something like run a scan or reboot but as long as you don’t click the pop up, it seems to not affect your computer.
So now instead of calling you on the phone the scammers have managed to get an ad into your browser from some free download of some sort.
So their trick is to get you to call and if you do they’ll try to sell you an antivirus program (that most likely will not work) or try to get remote access to your computer.
If not they will just ask for a large fee to supposedly fix your computer.
This is just a scam to get your money and or credit card info or get into your site remotely.
They can sometimes even use the trick where the number appears to be local.
This is really just from a country that does not cooperate with your local authorities that are trying to find these scammers.
You can try a few different things to get rid of this fake security warning. I had it where it just disappeared after shutting down the window and not clicking on anything in the ad. Some others have not been as lucky and had to shut down their computer and still had a problem.
You don’t have to necessarily do all of these things but you can just pick and choose, until you can get rid of the problem. I was told to never try to shut down browser window but that is what worked for me, just don’t click on the pop-up.
Definitely don’t call the number listed as it could also be a trap where they can possibly charge you if you just call.
#1 Consider getting an Ad blocker or script blocker and adding it to the browser that you commonly use. Programs such as Ad-block plus and Ghostery are good choices to consider.
#2 Try using a different DNS server other than the one your internet service provider uses. Using something like Open DNS can help with this.
#3 Make sure all browser extensions are up to date, a good program you can check out is Qualy’s Browser check.
Just make sure you don’t click on anything. Never call the number listed in the pop up.
You don’t want to call them as they will claim that they’re Microsoft Security Essentials and they will try to talk you into giving them remote access to your computer.
So as long as you play it safe and follow these steps and never call them or let them have remote access to your computer you should be fine.
Please leave a comment below if your having other problems or this does not work for you and I can update this with better ways to solve this or other related problems.