Fake Microsoft Virus Scam 2017

Microsoft Virus Scam 2017

The ongoing game by scammers to convince people that their computer is infected has taken some seriously convincing turns in recent months.

Q: I got a message from Microsoft saying that my computer has been blocked because the Zeus virus was detected. Is this legit and what should I do?

A: The ongoing game by scammers to convince people that their computer is infected has taken some seriously convincing turns in recent months.

 

–The key thing to remember is that if you give these scammers access you run a very good chance of them installing a Syskey which will effectively lock you out of your computer entirely. Your data may not be retrievable and Windows boot media may be the only way to fix your computer. Heed the information below carefully.” – Michael D.

 

One such version of the scam generates what appears to be an official Microsoft message complete with logos and color schemes and a robotic voice saying ‘critical alert.’

Here’s an example pop-up:

** ZEUS VIRUS DETECTED — YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED **

Error: Virus — Trojan Backdoor Hijack #365838d7f8a4fa5

IP: 108.XX.XX.XX Browser: Chrome ISP: Mci Communications Services inc. Dba Verizon Business

Please call computer system technician immediately on: 888-XXX-4963

Please do not ignore this safety alert. Your Microsoft System Has Been Compromised. If you close this page before calling us, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage and your data from being stolen.

Since this particular scheme attempts to keep you from doing anything else, calling the posted toll-free number to get help seems to be a rational response for those stricken with fear.

We’ve also seen this attempted scam posing as a warning from your internet service provider (such as Cox or Century Link) because the scammers can easily determine who your ISP is.

Understanding some basic red flags will go a long way in helping you avoid this and all of the subsequent attempts to trick you that are certain to come.

Tip No. 1 — Be suspicious of toll-free numbers

Technology companies have spent millions to prevent you from calling them for help. It’s just not economically feasible for companies that have millions of users or in Microsoft’s case, over a billion, to pick up the phone whenever someone needs help.

With this in mind, any time you see any error message pop up on your computer urging you to call a toll-free number, assume it’s a scam.

Tip No. 2 — Get to know your security software

Knowing what you have installed to protect you from internet threats will go a long way to helping you quickly sniff out scams. Chances are, you have a third-party program installed to protect you, so take some time to understand what it looks like and how it alerts you.

Tip No. 3 — “Hello, my name is Bob Smith” Is obviously not, “Bob” and is calling from India

From my experience EVERYTIME someone calls these fake Microsoft toll free numbers, they are greeted by someone with a thick Indian accent but with a surprisingly common American name.

Foreign accents are commonplace especially in tech support BUT as I mentioned, they always give a ridiculously common American name and luckily that tips many people off before allowing the scammers access or giving out their banking institutions information.

Tip No. 4 — Killing the fake message

It may appear that your computer has been locked down, but in most cases you can simply shut down the pop-up to regain control. Windows users can use the Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del to access it) to end the fake task and Mac users can use the Force Quit option to kill the fake session (yes, this Microsoft pop-up can appear on Mac screens as well!).

If all else fails, manually shutdown your computer, then restart it and immediately run the security software you know you installed but keep in mind, it is always a good idea to have an actual Microsoft Partner such as FL Computer Tech, professionally clean your system to ensure you don’t have anything left behind. Remember, Microsoft will NEVER call you to inform you about a problem on your system including viruses.
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IRS Scammer March 16, 2017

This is a prime example of how scammers try to “bully and strongarm” their victims by using scare tactics such as the threat of a bench warrant and jailtime. Be warned…. Use your best judgment, no one legitimate will ever request “gift cards” to avoid jailtime.  (MP4 Audio – Turn your volume up.) I cut the ending off because it gets a little heated and there was any expalinge of “fruitful language” but trust me, this scammer new he was PWND.

Happy Thanksgiving From FL Computer Tech

Thanksgiving 2016Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time ponder upon what lessons we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones!

In our world today, now more than ever we have to put our differences beside and look past that which separates us and divides our nation and our planet. It isn’t our sex, skin color, religion, political affiliations or sexual preference that defines each and every one of us. It is our soul, our humanity that will be judged by a higher power. It is the mark we make on this world and in the lives of others that will define each of us and by which our life’s work will be immortalized and by which we will be remembered.

May you be bestowed upon with the best of everything and have the strength to surpass any obstacle. The Lord will lead your way. Have a blessed thanksgiving!

Presidential Election Results: Donald J. Trump Wins

 

 

In one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump said in his victory speech after the Associated Press called the race for him at 2:30 am Wednesday morning. Striking a conciliatory tone, Trump continued, “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.”

He also said Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the race. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. “I mean that very sincerely.”

Trump’s upset was one he had been predicting for months, gleefully comparing himself to the Brexit vote in England. Yet it was one that almost no other major predictors foresaw, all giving Clinton various degrees of comfortable leads in their election day predictions.

“It was Donald Trump versus almost all the experts … it looks like Donald Trump was right,” Jake Tapper said on CNN at 10:40 pm on election night (before major battleground states had been called).

Trump, a reality television star and political neophyte, upended every rule in the book to clinch his victory. He bested 15 other candidates in the Republican primary, most of whom were governors and senators. “One of [Donald] Trump’s real sources of strength is not just that he took the fight to the elites in an abstract way, but that he was the one guy on a stage of 16 candidates who really seemed culturally disconnected from the other candidates,” J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, told TIME before the general election.

In the general election, Trump didn’t run his campaign in any sort of traditional way. He was outspent in campaign ads by Clinton by 3 to 1, and he had a small, disorganized ground game up against the Clinton election machine. TIME wrote two separate cover stories about the meltdowns and disarray inside the Trump campaign. Not to mention the candidate’s freewheeling, bombastic speaking style and penchant for engaging in Twitter fights with Gold Star families and former beauty pageant contestants.

But throughout his campaign, Trump openly flouted convention and touted his success in tapping into a populist vein in the country that no other candidates had been able to effectively access. “This is a movement,” Trump would tell his followers who showed up by the tens of thousands to see him speak. Many supported him from their anger and their sense that the country needs a big change, that the way government works is broken. In the final days of his campaign Trump began using the the slogan “drain the swamp” to talk about the nation’s capitol, which he said crowds loved.

Trump’s victory exposed real divisions and new fault lines in the American populace, as he was on track to win huge majorities of non-college educated whites, while winning less of college-educated whites, who are normally reliably Republican. The fight between the first female major party candidate and the man accused of sexually assaulting women also turned into a referendum on gender; “what women can be, and what men can get away with,” as TIME put it in the cover story the week before the election.

“There’s going to be a schism of some sort,” former Republican Gov. Bill Weld, who ran as the vice presidential candidate on the Libertarian ticket this election, told TIME before the election.

As president, Trump has promised he will build a wall along the border with Mexico, suspend the Syrian refugee resettlement program, repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and renegotiate NAFTA. His election, coupled with Republican control of Congress, will also likely put a new conservative Supreme Court justice in the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Conventional wisdom said everything from demographics to campaign infrastructure would keep Donald Trump from ever reaching the White House and making good on these goals. But Trump told his followers not to believe the polls showing him down and promised the pundits that there were secret Trump voters out there. “100%” his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted early Wednesday morning before the election was called, in response to a Washington Post writer tweeting, “There was a silent Trump vote. A big one.”

It turns out Trump was right.

Facebook gives its Election 2016 hub top billing by pinning it to your Favorites

Facebook is making it easier for users to find voting guides, registration info, news video, and other Election Day planning tools with the addition of a new “Election 2016” shortcut in the Favorites section, which directs you to Facebook’s elections hub. The shortcut, which is rolling out on both web and mobile, cannot be removed from your Favorites – it’s hard-coded.

The Elections 2016 hub, however, first appeared during the three presidential debates this year: September 26, October 9, and October 19. At the time, the company sent out notifications that directed users to the hub for discussion and video.

Now, it has gone live in the Favorites section where it will remain through Election Day.

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Like many other major tech companies, Facebook has been working to get users registered to vote and informed about their ballot throughout this election season.

For example, its voter registration push helped more than 2 million people become registered voters, according to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. And, more recently, it launched a full voter guide that helps users learn about the candidates, their positions, and even down-ballot propositions and local politicians.

However, finding all of Facebook’s election and voting information in a single spot has been difficult. Often, Facebook builds destinations inside its social network focused on certain events – like the Olympics – or places where you can follow certain types of activities, as with its hub for live sports matches. But the company hasn’t always done a great job at putting these hubs somewhere users can easily find them.

With Election Day 2016, the subsite is getting prominent billing. It’s pinned near the top of your Favorites section on both web and mobile. (To receive the Election 2016 hub on mobile, you may need to first update your app.)

When you click through on the link, you’re taken to Facebook’s 2016 destination site, where you’ll find voting information, news and other election content.

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On the right is a list of the presidential candidates with links that will direct you to read more about their issues and platforms on their own Facebook Pages.

The four tabs across the top of the page will direct you to voting information, election news, videos, election-related posts, and more.

The “Prepare” tab offers polling places directions, links to Messenger to “make plans with friends to go together,” info on voter requirements, and the newly launched ballot guide. You can share “I Voted” from this page, too, after you hit the polls.

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What’s interesting is that, despite its claims that it’s not a media company (funny, since it’s partnering with ABC for its Election Day live news), the Election 2016 hub also features two sections focused on offering aggregated streams of election news.

The Video tab, for instance, directs you to the top and most recent Facebook Live videos related to the election. The Discussion tab is merely a stream of all the content hashtagged with election terms, like #election2016, #election, #vote, #USelection, etc.

These streams are not representative of what the most important election news of the day is, however – one promotes only Facebook Live videos, while the other is filled with random content -including some non-English language content – that carries some sort of election hashtag.

This is an area where Facebook could have better capitalized on its Trends feature, had it not fired its news editors and left figuring out what news matters to its algorithms.

In addition to the Election 2016 hub, Facebook will also send out Election Day reminders – something it has done since 2008. These will point to the hub for information on polling locations, what to take, and the voter guide, among other things.