Today I have had to waste time getting rid of four PUPs (Potentially Unwelcome Programmes)
I had been reading some online news, and was tempted into clicking on a link to some before and after photos of celebs who were said to look much better after losing some weight. The first few went OK, but then selecting the "next" button didn't work so I clicked on it a scond time. Up jumped a pop-up window announcing that my PC had become infected with a Trojan virus, that Windows was unable to get rid of it, and I should phone the given number to be told how I could rid my computer of it. At the same time, a recorded voice told me the same thing out loud.
I am not green enough to fall for THAT, thank you, so I exited the browser at once (not easily!) turned off the online connection for my email and ran Malwarebytes to scan for trouble.
While it ran I went into the kitchen, fired up my tablet, and did a Google for a windows pop-up trojan warning with voice. Apparently it is a variation on the phone call from the familiar scammer trying to convince you that "Windows have magically found a virus on your computer but if you do as I say I can fix it". In this case, they are trying to get you to phone them.
But Malwarebytes did discover and quarantine four PUP files that had been planted on my PC with names that included "Speedy PC", which I could then safely delete. Presumably they were planted there by the site where I was looking at the fat celebs. Not exactly a virus, but a toe in the door for scammers wanting to con me into letting them tamper with my security.
Something else to watch out for!
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