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Fake Pop-ups Saying You Have a Virus

How do they work?

These popups work by baiting you into clicking them either intentionally or accidentally. Once you have done so, they begin installing software on your computer. Never, ever, run this software. Just delete it and then empty your trash can/recycling bin that can usually be found on your desktop of all their files. Because if those files are allowed to run, you never know what they will do. Some could be seemingly harmless but contain a key-logger. This would make it easy for someone to sneakily steal your usernames and passwords to your accounts. The damages could in some cases be immediately obvious, it could wipe your entire PC with no way for you to stop it.

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How to remove one?

The best way to close a popup, safely, is to use windows task manager. You can do that as follows: Click ctrl, alt, delete. Find the popup in processes and force close it. This is the best way of closing the popup because you never have to click on it. If you do find yourself with one installed, it is vital to use a virus scanner to detect any files and delete them. You can delete them manually, but you may miss something that has been intentionally hidden.

TotesNewsworthy Special Scam Tip: Never Call the Number on the POP-UP. Take your computer to a local store.

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How to Avoid Them:

The best way to avoid these scam pop-ups is just to use your common sense about the sites you visit. If you do happen to bump into one, always close it using the task manager. But the absolute best way of avoiding them is by using an adblocker. There are plenty of free adblockers in the google chrome store you can download as an extension. Once downloaded, it will hide all ads on the page, or in most cases, not allow them to appear in the first place. This doesn’t just stop pop-ups; it prevents any form of advertisement that a website has. Which will make your whole browsing experience much more enjoyable.

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13 comments

  1. This is really a nice and detailed article about fake virus alert. We all should know this matter very well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Its really useful good write about Fake Pop-ups Saying You Have a Virus. I know something about it. Thanks for the sharing.

  3. Really informative video about fake pop ups. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I learned something today. Really nice suggestions on what to do when a website has pop ups.

  5. I agree, if you got virus through online browsing, you will got real troubles. My 3-y old son get problem with pressing fake “x”. and this atricle is good. who will read my comment – just don’t skip this article. read it. 🙂

  6. This is very useful article. I learned lot of things about the term “Fake Pop UP” its very important to know what is it.

  7. It’s been a long time since I’ve known something. Today I am happy and happy to read this article.

  8. Once I got into a problem like this fake popup. They are surely scam.

  9. Got a very important information. I always think that all pop us are containing virus. But i am now sure what are and what are not. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Yeah I get these pop ups sometimes, but fortunately I’m pretty tech savvy and have a good idea when something doesn’t quite look right, but some people aren’t that way. Thanks for spreading the word!

  11. Thankfully I never had to learn this the hard way. So many scams online and off, but these pop ups do make you think you should click on them. ugh!

  12. I learned lot of things about the term “Fake Pop UP” its very important to know what is it.This is very useful article.

  13. Thanks for sharing this valuable information, these pop ups are freaking annoying!

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