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Original Air Date: Feb 10, 2014

Fake security programs on the rise again

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You’re surfing along and suddenly an ominous looking window pops up and informs you that you’re computer is infected. It looks a lot like a Windows screen, so you click OK on the clean up my computer button and you’re toast.

The program takes over your computer and doesn’t allow you to do anything, but of course they offer to fix the problem if you’ll just tap in your credit card digits.

These very scary and convincing scams are fooling people into paying and we’ve seen a huge increase in these malware attacks in recent weeks.

They use names like Windows Ultimate Booster and Windows Safety Master and if you click on anything, including the cancel button, they still do their damage.

If you see anything of this nature pop up on your screen, don’t click on anything in the warning. Instead, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up the Task Manager and end the process to avoid infection.

If you’re not familiar with this process, we’ve got a link to a step-by-step instructional video so you can sidestep this scam; it’s posted at