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2014-09-02, 15:51 #1
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spyware/adware popped up, I think its a scam
Threat information: Windows 8, Microsoft, version 8 Claims I have spyware/adware on my 1 month old Toshiba laptop. Says...MUST call 1-877-599-2253, googled it, found nothing....finally I called, no person, but went on hold, for 2 secs....dropped call. Less then 1 minute later I answered a call from 1-855-875-1572 nobody there. So I goggled that number....turns out to be 1st choice tech support. Does this sound legit? Not sure what to do....using my old pc till I get some suggestions. Do I close the screen? And run a scan? It says not too!!!! Ugh please please help! Thank you!
2014-09-02, 16:06 #2
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NEVER call anybody in the above kind of situation whether it's legit or not. (You don't really know for certain)
Head over to Bleeping Computer, a trusted site by many here, and download a copy of
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 22.214.171.1242 & AdwCleaner 126.96.36.199
If you have to, download them from a safe computer to a USB stick.
Start with Malwarebytes then AdwCleaner, preferably in Safe Mode.DRIVE IMAGING
Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.
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2014-09-03, 06:10 #3
You're not the only one that got that drive-by malware.