Windows 10: Warning - Fake Windows Defender warning

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  1. dencal's Avatar
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       06 Jul 2018 #1

    Warning - Fake Windows Defender warning


    Whilst browsing a what looked like a bona fida Windows Defender warning appeared on full screen, stating I needed to do an immediate scan with link provided, as there were three serious infections on my computer.

    I immediately closed all open apps, did scans with Defender and Mbam, both stating clean....did think about doing a print screen prior to closing down, but decided not to take a risk.

    I cannot over emphasise how authentic this warning appeared including M$ logo.
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  2.    07 Jul 2018 #2

    They ( hackers) are getting sneakier all the time. Somebody less experienced could easily fall for it.
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  3. dencal's Avatar
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       07 Jul 2018 #3

    CountMike said: View Post
    They ( hackers) are getting sneakier all the time. Somebody less experienced could easily fall for it.
    So true CM….almost fooled me with its identical Defender setup.
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  4.    07 Jul 2018 #4

    dencal said: View Post
    So true CM….almost fooled me with its identical Defender setup.
    I never trust anything I didn't initialize.
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  5.    07 Jul 2018 #5

    Hi there
    why on earth would WD ask you to scan from any URL link -- seems bonkers to me - obvious scam (or worse).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. dencal's Avatar
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       07 Jul 2018 #6

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    why on earth would WD ask you to scan from any URL link -- seems bonkers to me - obvious scam (or worse).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    You know that and I know that but what about the other 99.9% of out in the real world users???
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  7.    07 Jul 2018 #7

    I got that as well and had to use task manager to get rid of it.
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  8. Nuccii's Avatar
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       07 Jul 2018 #8

    This tactic was also performed yesterday by telephone call supposedly from Microsoft that I was infected. I just ignored it.
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  9.    10 Jul 2018 #9

    Try downloading Malware bytes, if it says it's there, in the settings, (of Windows 10) search for "show hidden settings" and turn it on, then, somewhere, the file in Malware bytes will be located, I once got a virus so bad I the administrator of the computer could not delete it... If that happens, delete it in Malwarebytes. If that doesn't work, there's the internet..
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  10.    10 Jul 2018 #10

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    I got that as well and had to use task manager to get rid of it.


    Yes, often these popups won't allow you to even close the browser, let alone the "warning" window !
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