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Computer Scams and Virus warnings

on Apr 29 in Blog posted by

As you may be aware, over the last couple of years, there have been a number of scams involving fake computer security products. Typically, these will appear as an Internet pop-up stating that your PC is infected, and that by clicking on the pop-up, your PC will be cleaned. When the pop-up is clicked on, the PC instead becomes infected and can often be very difficult to clean.

Ultimately, the goal of these scams is to convince the victim to purchase the “security” product in order to clean the PC. Once a credit card number is given, the card will most likely be used for purchases and can be used to steal your identity.

With all that said, here are some simple guidelines to follow to minimize the threat:

Make sure that whatever security products you use are up-to-date. Most decent products will do this without any involvement on your part.
Make sure that your PC is setup to install the latest Windows updates. This can be set to happen automatically, or you can do it manually at your convenience. Just be sure that you do it fairly regularly (weekly at least).
Understand that no anti-virus or other security product is 100% reliable. There are new variants of these scams and threats that come out daily, and there is always a window of opportunity for these threats to bypass the security products you are using.
Understand that no reputable company will ever just randomly pop up on your computer trying to sell you a product. These are pretty much always associated with some sort of scam. If ever in doubt, shut down your computer and seek the assistance of a computer professional. And NEVER give out a credit card number or other personal information.
If there are any questions regarding any of this information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Also, we now have our Jupiter IT Solutions fan page which will be updated regularly with tips and information on the latest threats and issues. Sign up as a fan and you will be notified as new information is made available.

Thanks,

Matt Gill MCSE, CCNA, CNE
Jupiter IT Solutions
Director of Technical Services
Phone: (561) 459-6591
Fax: (561) 584-5941
Email: matt.gill@jupiterits.com

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