Warning - Fake Windows Defender warning

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  1. Posts : 3,109
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       #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. Posts : 19,524
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #2

    They ( hackers) are getting sneakier all the time. Somebody less experienced could easily fall for it.
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  3. Posts : 3,109
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       #3

    CountMike said:
    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. Posts : 19,524
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    dencal said:
    So true CM….almost fooled me with its identical Defender setup.
    I never trust anything I didn't initialize.
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  5. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #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. Posts : 3,109
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    jimbo45 said:
    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. Posts : 26,550
    Windows 11 Pro 26100.1000
       #7

    I got that as well and had to use task manager to get rid of it.
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  8. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit upgrade
       #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. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #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. Posts : 1,773
    Windows 10 Home
       #10

    Josey Wales said:
    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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