Windows 10: Windows security: New BSOD scam emerges from fake tech-support swamp


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    Win 7 32, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 64 Pro, Win 10 64 Education Edition
       02 Dec 2017 #1

    Windows security: New BSOD scam emerges from fake tech-support swamp


    Tech-support scammers are using fake blue screen of death (BSOD) messages and a bogus 'Troubleshooter for Windows' application to dupe victims into paying $25 for security software they don't need. In this case, the scammers are attempting to sell a supposed Microsoft security product called 'Windows Defender Essentials'.

    The scam combines the names of two real anti-malware applications from Microsoft: Windows Defender and Security Essentials.
    BleepingComputer notes that there is a simple way to "trick" the program into unlocking itself. Once the victim reaches the PayPal purchase screen, they can type Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box and enter the address http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt, which makes the program think the victim has paid. It then shuts down.

    Malwarebytes has provided removal instructions.
    Windows security: New BSOD scam emerges from fake tech-support swamp | ZDNet
    Last edited by Borg 386; 02 Dec 2017 at 16:54.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    02 Dec 2017 #2

    Anyone who uses a piece of cracked software is a liability to the security of the NET.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    02 Dec 2017 #3

    The way I'm reading it is that the software installer is hacked and not the user installing a illegal copy of a program.
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    Windows 10 x64 Home 1703
       02 Dec 2017 #4

    BleepingComputer notes that there is a simple way to "trick" the program into unlocking itself. Once the victim reaches the PayPal purchase screen, they can type Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box and enter the address http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt, which makes the program think the victim has paid. It then shuts down.

    Malwarebytes has provided removal instructions.
    Hahahahaaaaaaa... That serves you right, crooked scammer!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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