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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Sep 7, 2016

Sidestepping Scam Warnings

You’re surfing the Internet as you always do and suddenly an official looking warning pops up and claims that you’re computer has been infected. Since it appears to look like an official Windows warning, you tap the OK button and the next thing you know, you’re toast.

The fake warning takes over your system and won't allow you to do anything else, but they do offer to fix your newly discovered problem for a small fee.

This scenario is fooling folks into paying because they are very convincing and scary at the same time, which is causing a big increase in these types of malicious attacks in recent weeks.

They often use program names like Windows Ultimate Booster and Windows Safety Master, but if you click on any part of the pop-up, even the cancel button, the program will still execute its attack.

The next time you see anything unusual pop-up claiming to be an official warning, don’t click on anything in the box to play it safe. You can sidestep the attempt by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del which brings up the Task Manager and the option to select the scam and end the process.

If you’re unfamiliar with this process for both Windows and Mac operating systems, we’ve posted a link to an instructional video at