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'Warning Virus Detected' Pop-Ups

Posted: March 6, 2020

The 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups are a trick that online con artists may use to get you involved in a harmful tactic that aims to take your money. These pop-ups appear to be available in two versions, and the website chooses which one to display by detecting the user's operating system – Windows users will see one kind of the 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups, while OSX users will end up seeing the same message but tailored to use Apple's interface style.

Regardless of the user's operating system, the ultimate goal of the 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups is the same – to trick the potential victims into thinking that there is a threatening virus on their computers, and they must follow the on-site instructions to fix the problem. The solution that the 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups propose is simple – call a technical support number listed on the website, and follow the instructions that the computer technician provides. The page often may claim that the technician is part of an official 'Apple Support' or 'Microsoft Support' team, therefore making them sound more credible.

The truth is that the 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups are not a reliable source of information about virus issues, and they are not the right place to be looking for technical support services certainly. If you end up calling the phone line found in the 'Warning Virus Detected' pop-ups, you will contact tricksters who will not hesitate to provide you with more fake system information and problems – they will say anything to get you to trust them and use their services. However, the catch is that their services do not come for free – you may be asked to send them money. Some bolder con artists may even ask you to enter your credit card information on their bogus website, and falling for this scheme may be a very costly mistake.

You should never trust random pop-ups that claim to contain information about potential security risks and other computer trouble. They are very likely to be the foundation of a scheme whose goal is to take your money.

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