Windows 10: Fake Ransomware

  1. Posts : 20
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 16299 Multiprocessor Free
       25 Mar 2018 #1

    Fake Ransomware

    Hi all.

    I'm not loyal to any one browser; I alternate between Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, and, yes, sometimes still Internet Explorer

    But something I noticed, it mostly seems to happen when I'm using Chrome.

    If I specifically go to the web site of and click on one of the articles, all of the sudden the browser gets hijacked and it's one of those fake Ransomware attacks; making it seem like you've contracted a virus, and if you try to navigate away by using the Home button, Back button, or click the "X" in the top right-hand corner, it won't let you, and a further pop-up tells you to call a phone number, blah blah blah, etc.

    I just launch Task Manager and "End Task" on the Chrome browser; I then re-launch the browser and clear the History/ Cache.

    In the Chrome browser, I click on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner, go to More Tools/ Extensions, but I don't see anything suspicious in here.

    I have Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit, and no 3rd party anti-virus programs; I just use the built-in Windows Defender. I've run a Full System Scan, and nothing detected.

    Any ideas anyone? And keep in mind: this mostly seems to happen only when using the Chrome browser, and only when clicking on articles on

    Thanks for any help or suggestions,
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  2. Posts : 73
    Dual boot windows 10 Pro 1809 & Win 7 Home Prem
       25 Mar 2018 #2

    Sounds like you should download Malwarebytes and run a full scan. There's something on your computer if your browser is being hijacked.
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  3.    25 Mar 2018 #3

    You're correct, to close the browser using Task Manager when this happens - never click on anything else, as it could trigger a malicious download. The Yahoo main page is well-known for constantly having infected ads at any given time, so I would stay away from it.

    For your issue:
    Download and run:
    ADWCleaner (scan then clean if anything is found)
    Downloads - AdwCleaner - ToolsLib
    post the log

    Reset all browsers on the system - every one, even if you never use it.
    Reset Microsoft Edge to Default in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    How to Reset Your Web Browser To Its Default Settings

    Run Ccleaner (free) on all browsers to clear out cache and temp files
    Download CCleaner | Clean, optimize tune up your PC, free!

    Turn off syncing, if you use that in your browser(s).

    Flush your DNS
    open an admin command prompt and type: ipconfig /flushdns

    Consider usingOpenDNS DNS servers on your NIC to prevent going to known-bad sites:
    Setup Guide | OpenDNS
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