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Have authorities detected illegal activities on my computer?

Have authorities detected illegal activities on my computer?

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John writes:

I got an email saying that illegal materials were found on my computer and it would be locked until I paid a fine. Is this a scam?

Yes, this sounds like a common blackmail scam called ransomware. Ransomware is an email, website or pop-up window that displays warnings about possible illegal activities and demands payment before you can access your files and programs again. Delete the email and report it immediately.

Do you think you might have already fallen for a ransomware scam? Find out what to do.

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  • IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY SAFE WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING

    INTO SECURITY. ANYONE WITH WIFI HACKER APPS CAN SIT IN STARBUCKS AND WATCH EVERY KEY

    AND MOUSE STROKE. PEOPLE GET WITH IT OR GET LOST (ALL UR MONEY LOST). ONLY YOU ARE

    RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SECURITY, YEAH YOU ! !! . JEFF

  • I have people calling on my house phone saying they are calling from Microsoft and I need go to my computer and put in some information they give me to fix it because people are doing illegal activity on my computer.  My son talk to them and told them he is an IT person himself and the information that they wanted him to enter did not sound like a liget site.  Then they hung up but they continue to call here.  Today I finnaly told the man to got to Hell and stop calling my house because I have two IT people in my house that can fix my computer.

     

  • I had the same type of phone call today saying that someone was trying to hack into my computer and if I turned my computer on and followed the caller's instructions Windows would fix this for me.. I was suspicious so told them to ring me tomorrow. In the meantime I am trying to find out if this is a genuine call from Windows.

  • Does anyone know if this is a scam?

  • Jeff, I tell people in the class I give on conputer and internet security exactly what you said, they are all shocked.

  • Downloading Microsoft and meet a web site that offered driver up dates and install

    turned out to be a face that is all over my computer and installed a tool bar from ???

        Help removing tool bar .Thanks

  • I got a call from an Indian person, whom I could not understand he said my computer was in danger of crashing, said he was in India and I should go to Western Union and send him money right away, then gave me his Supervisor who said No he was in California, gave me his name to call this number he gave as soon as I got to Western Union and  he would tell me what to do.  He showed me a lot of red x's on my computer and I was really afraid I would lose everything if I did not send him the money, but I didnot send him any money and have not heard from them since.  I just don't know if they can do something to my computer to disable it, any suggestions how to find out ?????//

  • I have a 5 computors. a Indian person said my computor is being used for illegal activities. which one I dont know . he said that today at 12:00 pm my computor  would no longer be supported by microsoft. I loaded spybot and found a program that stopped my computor from send info to microsoft. can you help me

  • My latop  was locked up with the ransomware ( I just read about above)and it had Federal Logo and SBC Global. and I should send $300 to pay the fine to get it unlocked.  I couldn't use it at all so had to take it to a repairman to get it off.  Could I have done it myself?

  • Received a call from a person with a strong "East Indian" accent.  He said he was calling from "Computer Direct" who is the authorized "something or other" for Microsoft.  His company has noticed a large number of errors coming from my computer and... before we went any further, I told him I was treating his call as "Spam".  He hung up and departed.  Don't know if this is legit or not - but suspect he was not.  Comments back from MS Security?

  • I also got a call from a person from a foreign country that said he was with microsoft and people were hacking my computer and that I should get on my computer and I don't know the rest.  That's when I hung up.

  • I got a call similar to those who have shared - I called Microsoft's answer desk - and thankfully, I did not give permissions for the Aabbyy.com remote desktop controls.  Thanks Microsoft for not charging me to keep my system clean!

  • Security is there for a reason  - it is best to make use of what Microsoft has put out for our use. Microsoft Security Essentials - I find any way -  is a very good anti-virus program -  I use it daily.

    Also Malwarebytes.com is another very good malware program. I run that one weekly.

  • Don't be silly.

    If anyone calls you wanting to talk about your computer activity, hang up and block the number if possible.

    They are scam artists in every case.

  • these phone call people tell you these red x things in events log are dangerous, THEY ARE NOT DANGEROUS, and do not affect your PC in any way. Just hang up and forget them.

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