Thousands of people get caught in the Microsoft Windows Security Scam every month. As per Microsoft’s blog, they receive about 6,500 complaints every month from people who’ve been victims of windows support scams. Scammers always look for a fresh batch of internet users to extort money. India is encountering relatively high scam encounters.
Money extortion techniques are being improved with technological advancement. Scammers execute windows scams very sophistically that the average precautionary person is also at the risk of falling into their trap. They have professional-looking websites, certificates to fool normal people looking for windows support.
Table of Contents
- What is a windows security scam?
- How does the Microsoft windows scam work?
- How to stay protected from windows security scams?
What is a windows security scam?
In Windows security scams Microsoft Windows computer users are scammed by scammers using false security threat warnings. Scammers trap victims by showing fake popups that look genuine contain a warning message that creates urgency and fear of losing sensitive data.
How does the Microsoft windows scam work?
Scammers might first contact you by displaying fake threats and warning messages on websites you visit, displaying support numbers, and enticing you to call. The browser may go on on full screen and display pop-up messages that won’t go away, essentially by locking your internet browser. These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling a fake technical support hotline.
When you engage with the scammers, they will offer fake solutions for your “windows security problems” and ask for payment in the form of a one-time fee or subscription to a purported support service.
It can also be done in several other ways as following
Phone call scam
Windows security scammers may call you directly on your phone and pretend to be representatives of a reputed software support company. They might even spoof the phone number so that it displays a genuine support phone number from a trusted company. They can then ask you to install a software tool that gives them remote access to your windows computer.
This tool contains malware and trojans which can steal your sensitive information such as cards and private pictures. After some time the same malware can lock your computer screen and demand ransoms. You will keep contacting and paying the same scammer every time to fix a nonexisting windows security issue.
Microsoft scam pop up
In this case, scammers execute large-scale malware attacks to infect Windows computers worldwide. Infected computers start showing warning messages or blue screens which may contain the following messages,
- Malicious Spyware/Malware Detected!
- Internet Security Alert – Your Computer Might Be Infected With Harmful Viruses!
- Do not attempt to close this window or restart your computer.
- The following information is being stolen: Facebook Logins, Credit Card Details, Financial Data, Photos stored on your computer, Email Account Logins.
- Call 1-872-387-3724 to reach a qualified technician in the next 5 minutes before the rest of your network is infected!
Such a warning message creates urgency and panic among victims, so they would pay money by contacting a given phone number.
Windows defender popup scam
Everyone trusts brand logos and official Microsoft tools. This includes Microsoft windows defender. In this scenario, scammers fool victims by showing fake windows security threat warnings exactly the same as windows defender shows. People get fooled by believing that the threat message is from real windows defender.
Browser popup scam
Lots of people search for free downloading websites. Many of such websites spread malware and show browser-based fake warning messages. Clicking on such pop-ups leads to bringing real malware into the computer system. This downloaded malware does the rest of the stealing and ransoming jobs.
How to stay protected from windows security scams?
The only way to protect yourself from windows security scams is by educating yourself of scam tactics and taking support services from official windows support or validated support providers. Remember following things before you look for windows support,
- Newer visit free downloading website without installing anti-malware, popup blocker and antivirus software.
- Never click on luring gift popups.
- Remember Microsoft never contact you to fix your computer until you contact them..
- Microsoft never include phone numbers in error message or send warning messages.
- Windows technical support will never ask that you pay for support in the form of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, or gift cards.
- Never download softwares from other than windows store and official websites of known developer.
- Install ad and popup blockers in web browser. Don’t click on popups that that asks to allow some kind of unwanted permisions.
- Use Windows Security real-time antivirus protection in Windows. It’s on by default and it detects and removes known support scam malware.
How to remove fake windows support popups?
Resetting the internet browser and cleaning the windows system with a malware removal tool will help you to get rid of fake windows support popups.
What harm can a window scam do?
Windows scams can harm you by installing malware, trojans, and ransomware into your system. Such installed malware will steal your sensitive information.
Is Windows Security Alert valid?
Windows security alerts without asking for contact numbers & payments are mostly valid. They appear in notification panels. Otherwise, if they appear to ask you to do suspicious action they might be scam popups.
How do I get rid of fake Microsoft security warnings?
Clean your Microsoft windows with malware cleaner, scan the system with adware cleaner, and reset all internet browsers. Always keep default windows security turned on and install antivirus. It will help you to take the ride of a fake Microsoft security warning.
How do I know if a Microsoft security alert is real?
If the Microsoft security alert is in windows notification and from a genuine app then it is real. If you receive an alert from a valid Microsoft email then it is valid. All alerts asking to click, install and call are fake ones.
After a significant rise in security scams, Microsoft has taken appropriate actions. Windows inbuilt security system can remove all known windows scam malware. So, always use genuine windows security and keep windows updated.