Recently I have been getting doom messages, almost once a day. My computer screen shows a huge alert, in red and orange, warning me that my computer is BLOCKED/COMPROMISED/DOOMED, supposedly from Microsoft, and I have to follow these steps to save myself.DON’T TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER, DON’T GET RID OF THIS OR YOU’LL BE SORRY. So I press ctrl/alt/delete, get the interim message, cancel the shut down, and I am back in business. I always have unsaved documents to reclaim and that is a nuisance, but it is worth it to get rid of the so-called threat. Lately, they have added sound effects, an insistent very loud beep beep beep, to mimic an evacuation alarm, and spook me. Sorry, fellas, that ain’t workin’ either.
It is probably not necessary to warn my blog friends about this, since I think you all know a fraud when you see one. But thought I would mention this anyway.
I am, however, appalled that this scam might be working with unsophisticated computer users. I’ll put this on Facebook too. Maybe someone who doesn’t know the ropes will see it.