So you are surfing along and all of the sudden, out of nowhere, a pop up tells you that your computer is infected with a virus, or several. When you try to close the window it re-opens and starts an official looking scan with a blue bar that slowly creeps across the bottom of the official looking window. Don’t fall for this. If you do load what ever the window is asking you to run/load, things will only get worse.
Usually a notification will also be in your toolbar at the bottom of your screen if it is real but this scam convinces unwary users to download even more nasties. Do not click the “x” or attempt to close the pop up because this also can lead to a virus/trojan/malware. Look at the page address at the top in the address window. Does it say “Microsoft”? Probably not. If this happens hold the Alt key down and press F4. This is the keyboard shortcut to close either the tab you are currently in or all tabs that might be open. You might have to repeat the “Alt+F4” command a couple of times to completely close the offending “Virus” warning. Take note of the address in the address window at the top of your browser, write it down if you need to or copy the address with Ctrl+C before anything loads.
WARNING: DO NOT LOAD THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES BELOW INTO YOUR BROWSER!
Those addresses are known scam pages that will act like they are scanning your system and then request that you download specialized software to remove non-existant viruses or malware from your computer. If you do follow the instructions they will hijack your system and will not give you any access other than to a payment page on their site. Avoid these problems by blocking them from having access to your browser or system. It is easy. In Internet Explorer click on the “Tools” menu at the top of the browser. Then open “Internet Options” and navigate to the “Privacy” tab. Now click on the “sites” button under the “Privacy” tab. There should be a text window and a “block” button. One at a time enter the addresses above and click “block”. They should show up in the list below the text window and have a status of “Blocked”.
Now, in the future, when you are browsing the windows leading to the scam site will be blocked and will not be able to open or disturb you while you are browsing. If they do then check the address and compare them to the ones you have already blocked. If they are different just add them along with the ones I have listed here to your block list.
I was getting this “Virus Warning” about 3-4 times a day until I blocked these sites. Now it has been weeks since it has happened and the worse thing that I have run into is one single page that said “Page can not be opened 404 Error”. You can also add these sites under the “Security” tab under “Sites” in Internet Explorer to further secure yourself from disturbances from malicious sites. Same process but this time click on the Tools>Internet Options>Security Tab>Sites and add the IP addresses or Internet addresses to the block list.
I hope this helps and if you find other sites trying this trick just leave the addresses in a comment on this page so that others can block them.