Your Computer Is At Risk! Panic, Download This Program, and Call Us NOW!
You’re on your computer, doing your thing. And then, a pop up window or a banner ad starts flashing and says something like this:
DON’T FALL FOR IT!
Your computer may indeed be at risk… but it could be more at risk after you do what the ad says to do.
Almost always, this sort of fear tactic is designed to either get you to:
- Download questionable software to your computer, many times from questionable sites… or
- Lead you to call an actual call center where sophisticated baddies will “help” you by taking your credit card and personal info, having you download malware, and sometimes even conning you into giving them control of your computer
We’ll cover this topic and variants in upcoming posts. Until then – when in doubt, exit out!