These pop-ups are shown in such a way as to trick the user into thinking that a virus has been detected on their device. It does this to try and scare Windows or macOS users into calling one of the listed numbers in order to receive support. In reality, though, they will only be greeted with people who are trying to sell them unneeded support contracts and services.,
This malicious site will put your browser on full screen and display pop-up messages that won't go away, essentially locking your browser. These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling an indicated technical support hotline.,
Always keep in mind that Microsoft or Apple's error and warning messages never include phone numbers.
The scammers will typically attempt to get the victim to allow remote access to their device.,
After remote access is gained, the scammer relies on confidence tricks typically involving utilities built into Windows, macOS and other software in order to gain the victim’s trust to pay for the supposed “support” services, when the scammer actually steals the victim’s credit card account information.
Microsoft or Apple will never send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information or fix your device.
Treat all unsolicited phone calls or pop-ups with skepticism. Do not provide any personal information.
- Fake Pop-up Message
VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT
This computer is BLOCKED
Do not close this window and restart your computer
Your computer's registration key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your computer?
The window's registration key is illegal.
This window is using pirated software.
This window is sending virus over the internet.
This window is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this computer for your security.
Contact Microsoft helpline to reactivate your computer.
- Tech Support Scam Numbers