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Fake Microsoft Security Warning Watch Out For Fake Security Warning Virus

 Fake Microsoft Security Warning Watch Out For Fake Security Warning Virus


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 fake_microsoft_security_warning_pop_upjust 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.

Fake Microsoft Virus Warning Why They Want You To Call Them


So you will see a telephone number that pops up and that is the malware/adware. The scammers are now trying to get you to call them. fake_microsoft_security_warning_pop_up

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. 

What Can You Do To Prevent This Fake Microsoft Virus Warning


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 fake_microsoft_security_warning_pop_up_1browser 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.

Fake Microsoft Security Warning Wont Go Away Still? Try This.


If you can’t get rid of it with closing out the browser window and can’t get it fixed with the above steps you can try one more thing.fake_microsoft_security_warning_pop_up_3

  1.  Disconnect your internet connection
  2. Restart your computer while still disconnected
  3. Open affected browser while still disconnected
  4.  When browser is offline
    Go into browser settings
    Go into clear browsing data
    Clear Cookies, saved website data, cache, and download history
  5. Then Restart computer again once more while offline
  6.  reconnect your internet connection
  7. Go into computer settings and make sure your firewall is on.

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.

 

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12 comments
MARLENE STIFELMAN says July 19, 2017

They gave me their name and the phone number and extension at which they could be reached and told me that if I didn’t call microsoft at the number they indicated, my computer would become useless. They said it was a very dangerous virus. I did what I was told, and since my computer is an apple macbook pro, I called Apple and they went through everything with me and told me what to do. What could I have done if I didn’t call? Would my computer have been shut down? This guy Ryan swore to me he was legitimate. He tried to sell me Microsoft protection telling me my apple protection had expired. I told him no and that I would contact Apple. At that point, he gave up. Where could I report this? I have a phone number that apparently is not Microsoft and the extension he works at. The authorities should know. I’m sure the phone number is a phony.

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    Brandon says July 20, 2017

    Hey Marlene,

    These guys that get on the phone to scam you will definitely have a really legit sounding pitch, I would imagine it was a scam. Microsoft wont just call you personally if there is a virus. You can try to get more info from them possibly give it to your state attorney general but they most of the time can’t do anything. Then when you call that number back typically it will go nowhere… or they will pick it up and if they have any probelems they seem to then discconect the phone. I have tried to call these types of things back. If you have a number that you can get a hold of them, you should try to call back with a person who can do somthing about (Attorney genral, police etc.) and try to set them up. Other than that there is not much you can sometimes do besides avoid it next time. Glad they didn’t get your money.

    Thanks For Stopping by,
    Brandon

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Shanna says June 21, 2017

What can they do if they get remote access to my computer? What files/accounts, etc. can they get into? I fell for it and called them. I did what their instructions were while thinking I was helping to fix the problem. When asked to pay for their security program (the lowest being $299), I then asked for their number and said I would call back. Did my research for scams and learned that I had been talking with a dang criminal! I’ve already changed a few passwords. Any other advice? Will I be a victim of theft? Never gave them any personal info, but they got into my computer.

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    Brandon says June 25, 2017

    I have never had this happen, but I would think if you can turn that computer off use another one for now. Change all passwords and contact Microsoft to see what you can do. Then take that computer in call first to a computer store and tell them your situation and see what they can do if anything.

    then if they can start the other computer up and get it fixed just in case they did something and your passwords are changed successfully you should be good. then any suspicious things on credit card do a charge-back with your credit card company.

    Thanks For Stopping by,
    Brandon

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Jean F says June 11, 2017

So I fell for it. Saw the pop-up that a trojan virus had infected my computer. In my 80’s, I know little about computers except email and google. banking and investments. They did a list of repairs and replacements for about an hour while computer was on. Paid $400 by check, which I scanned and they printed. What can I do now? Company is MS InfoTech, Indian accented voices.

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    Brandon says June 14, 2017

    Sorry to hear this Jean,
    Really all you can do at this point is do a charge back by calling your credit card company or call bank and tell this it was a fraudulent charge and see if they can reverse. Let everyone know how it goes if you can…

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Brandon

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Peter says May 13, 2017

I saw this pop up and I accidentally pressed ok in the pop up (habit) and weird things occurred like resizing my screen and pop ups came up and I panicked again and just turned my laptop off and turned my internet connection off. Now restarting comp and will follow ur steps

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Jacob says April 19, 2017

Thanks, I actually ran into this pop up today deciding if it was real or not. So I closed the tabs and reopened to see if it was still there. Thankfully, I ran into your website seeing the exact picture of the pop up here. Thanks.

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Julie Angus says April 8, 2017

How do I know whether they are the real deal?

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    Brandon says April 18, 2017

    If they just pop up and are not incredibly professional, it’s not microsoft. Microsoft will have remiders on computer desktop not typically pop up after browsing. Let me know if I didn’t answer your question.

    I hope this helps,
    Brandon

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Danielle Lloyd-edwards says February 23, 2017

What happens if you did call the number and give them remote access? I was convinced until the point they tried to pressure me into buying anti virus software when I ended the call. How do I know if they have gotten access through my details through the remote software?!

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    Brandon says February 26, 2017

    Hey Danielle,

    If you gave them any credit card contact credit card company and do chargeback, then if you gave them remote access to what? if they had access to passwords try to change them and you possibly need to contact microsoft and see if they can make sure that someone doesn’t have control over your computer and possibly fix that. I’m assuming they were trying to see your passwords, what did they do while they had remote access? Contact microsoft on the phone and see if they have anything they can do about this.

    Thanks For Stopping By,
    Brandon

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