Pop-up Scam

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Short Version


The invention of the pop-up created unintentionally one of the most annoying ways for ads to appear on the screen. But more annoying are the scammers who use pop-ups for their purposes. 


Tech-support scammers use pop-ups to convince users that they have a virus (or other problems) on their device. The scammers offer to “repair” the problem for a fee.


The pop-up is often programmed in a way that makes it hard to close it so that a user really thinks that he just got a virus. On top of it, a lot of pop-ups are really loud to scare users even further.

Being unable to close a pop-up is not a sign that your device has a virus on it.

Example of a tech support scam pop-up

How to close 'un-closable' Pop-ups