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Windows Update E-mail Scam

Friday, October 5th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Security Help

Windows Update E-mail Scam

Today’s topic is something that has been around for the last couple of years, but within the last few weeks, it seems to have crept back up again. Therefore, I felt it was my duty to warn you all about it once more. Now, I know a lot of you have probably already heard of this and you may have dealt with it yourselves before too, but either way, this is a security issue and you all need to be aware of it. Alright, let’s get right to it!

To begin, this e-mail scam has to do with the Windows Updates that come out every second Tuesday of each month. The hackers involved with this scam are pretending to be Microsoft and they’re sending out fake e-mails, telling users they need to install a critical update right away. They give you a link to follow, which takes you to a false version of the Windows Update Web site. You are then presented with a series of links you can use to download the update, but in all actuality, you’re downloading a Trojan virus and other malicious patches. If your computer becomes infected with the virus, the hackers can then obtain complete control of your PC.

Now, there are a couple things you should look out for when it comes to this particular scam. First, the hackers usually try to send this e-mail out right around the time when a monthly update is scheduled to arrive. And in case you haven’t noticed, we are now in a new month and the new updates will be coming out next week sometime (right around October 9, 2007). So, keep your eyes out for any unusual e-mails within the next week or so, because if it’s going to happen, it will be soon. Also, keep in mind that Microsoft will never send you an e-mail about their updates. The updates will always show up in your taskbar and nowhere else. Don’t be fooled by a look alike Microsoft image. Like we always say, just use some common sense when you’re going through your e-mails. If something looks suspicious, delete it and forget about it. If you do that, you’ll be just fine!

~ Erin

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