- Browser warning popup scam -
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Have you seen something like this?
This is the Browser Warning Pop-Up Scam
There are two general types of the scam:
- They buy “ad spaces” on shady/malicious websites
- You have a virus on your computer and such pop-ups appear on a regular basis.
In both cases- do not follow the instructions given in the message. Do not call or hand out personal information. If you really think is not a “random” pop-up but you have a real virus that causes it, please visit this site.
They are specialized in this matter and have a very good tutorial on how to remove this type of virus.
Not always “Tech Support”
Sometimes the pop-up tells you something different than: ‘You have a virus‘ or something like that.
If you are browsing websites that are shady or even contain illegal content, there is a high chance that you have seen a “we are the ]police/important justice agency]” pop-up.
They demand instant money transfer or else they will “come to your house”. To make you even more afraid, they will always display your IP, hoping that it will put you under pressure.
Please do not fall for it. If you really have done something illegal, they will not inform you via a pop-up and a countdown timer.
How to close the Pop-Up
The majority of these scam pop-ups will make it really hard for you to close them. They often can take control over your Browser and they disable the exit options.
Close the Pop-up:
Use Alt+F4 to close the whole Browser, if you cannot close single Tabs.
If the Alt+F4 option is blocked, press Ctrl+Alt+Del(for Mac Command+Option+Esc) to open the Task Manager. Select the Browser and click “End Task”.