Whilst browsing a few minutes ago, the session was interrupted by a full page spread purporting to come from MS. A female voice kept repeating, over and over: "Windows has significantly changed - call immediately 0800 046 5257. Do not delay, call now" Also a smaller box asking for my username and password. I pondered all this for a few moments, and decided to close the page - but it wouldn't let me. Eventually I shut down my computer and then re-started. Nothing seems to be amiss and Malware Premium found no problems either. So, the question is: Have I had a narrow escape from a potential scam - or - made a big mistake by ignoring the warning alert?
Phew.!! A narrow escape, then! Thanks for your very helpful comments and advice - much appreciated!
Govan1x, I have Malwarebytes Premium on a free trial basis, and AVG free version. Neither picked up on this matter.
don't take this the wrong way but you could have clicked on something without realising it.
just look at how many ads pop up all over the place on this site , in the split second you apply finger pressure to your mouse an ad appears smack in front of what your about to click on , it sometimes happens so fast you cant avoid opening something you did not want.
follow the advice of others , if anything suspect opens on a browser I don't even try to close the page ( sometimes you cant ) I just do a restart.
I have Malwarebytes Premium on a free trial basis, and AVG free
You'll almost certainly find that it's only Malwarebytes that's protecting you at the moment. When the Premium version is installed it usually knocks AVG into "Passive Mode" and that turns off all realtime protection. You can check by opening up AVG and seeing if it's displaying a big red warning.
If you're affected and not happy with this then you have two options. Either wait for the trial to end and AVG should spring back into action, or, end the trial manually in the Malwarebytes Settings section then click the "Fix Now" button in AVG.
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