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Is This Pop-Up Virus Warning Real?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help, Using The Internet

Those scammers sure are busy. A reader asks:  “I downloaded Win 10, all seems good, have Steve’s tutorial (learning) and I typed a Typo O in the browser and this window came up (full screen) and blared that I have a virus /malware and I need to call Microsoft immediately. I couldn’t close out the screen, it was flashing and repeated this message to call Microsoft with the number and alerting me my credit cards were being intercepted and bank info vulnerable. I shut off the computer, don’t trust anything BUT could this be true ? My Norton is good. Scary out there !!!”


No, this can’t be true in any way, shape, or form. What you were seeing was a pop-up ad or a piece of adware that piggy-backed its way onto another download. Virus protection software just does its job. It doesn’t tell you to call a number. Plus there’s no way to tell from your PC if your credit card numbers have been compromised. Any time you’re told to call a number or click on a link because of a virus issue, you can count on it being a scam.  If you get something like this again, try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del keys to close from the task manager. Then run a malware and virus scan.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Is This Pop-Up Virus Warning Real?”

  1. Trammell Scott says:

    I look forward to the tips and read and save all of them. You are doing a awesome service for all of us seniors and some youngsters too. I think a lot of people would be in serious trouble if not for your TIPS !

  2. Margaret Barbo says:

    Thank you for this information. It will be very helpful if I get one of those virus pop-ups.

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