Nasty Pop Up Scams On Windows Computers

More and more Windows computer users have been experiencing a surge in pop-up window scams on their internet browsers. In every message, the wording starts with “something is seriously wrong with their computer” or “you have a virus and need to act now!”

Nasty Pop Up Scams On Windows Computers

Key Points:

  • A surge in pop-up scams hit Windows computers.
  • What do tech support pop-up scams look like?
  • Who should you trust with computer tech support?
  • You have a resource to report pop-up scams.
  • When you need genuine tech support, use this resource.

More and more Windows computer users have been experiencing a surge in pop-up window scams on their internet browsers. In every message, the wording starts with “something is seriously wrong with their computer” or “you have a virus and need to act now!”

That is just another computer, tech support, fake message scam. If you’re not careful, and the pop-up window catches you off guard, you might accidentally get scammed. In today’s video, Dan has a surprising trick that protects you from these nasty pop-up scams.

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What Do Tech Support Pop Up Scams Look Like?

A popular tech support scam is the pop-up window warning messages. It may look like an error message from Microsoft, your antivirus software, or your operating system. Once the image pops up on your screen, it locks down your computer, preventing you from doing anything.

That is a scammer trying to trick you into thinking and believing your computer has a severe technical problem needing immediate attention. These scam artists’ messages want you to pay for a computer problem that doesn’t exist or tech support services you don’t need.

Do not panic or freeze up if you receive one of these fake pop-up scams. Remember, genuine security warnings or messages never request that you call them using the number they’ve provided. And whatever you do, never click on the screen with your mouse.

Who Should You Trust With Computer Tech Support?

Always go to a reputable company when looking for genuine technical support, like K2 Technologies. Legitimate technology companies won’t contact you by phone, email, or text message to tell you there’s a problem with your computer.

Should you get a pop-up warning from a professional technology company, they will never request that you click on a link or call their phone number. If you think there may be a technical issue with your computer, update its security software and run a scan.

Also, contact someone you trust if you need help fixing a computer problem. The software products you use have online and phone support. Stores that sell computers also provide technical support in person. If you partner with an IT company, always contact them first.

You Have A Resource To Report Pop Up Scams

Should you receive a pop-up scam on your Windows computer, you can report that scam to the Federal Trade Commission. Furthermore, if the tech support scammer calls or texts you, you can also report them to the same agency.

Taking those steps helps the FTC gather more information about these annoying scams. Those reports help build solid cases against these scam artists. Here is the direct link to the Federal Trade Commission website to file your complaint: ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Now that you know what a tech support scam looks like, who you should trust with tech support help, and how to report the scammer, let others know. Helping them spot nasty pop-up scams on their Windows computers helps them avoid getting scammed.

Get Real Tech Support From K2 Technologies

It is incredibly frustrating when you land on a website, and one of those pop-up scam messages shows up on your screen. Your computer is frozen, and there’s nothing you can do to eliminate the window pop-up but stare at it.

If you watched Dan’s video, you saw the cool trick he used and the steps he took that quickly removed the problem. Interestingly enough, if you’re using a Windows computer, you can also access that solution.

When you need genuine tech support in the Gillette area, K2 Technologies is the resource you can always trust. Contact us or call (307) 200-7552 if you have any questions about pop-up scams.