Fake tech support scams and how to deal with them


Something smelled phishey about that browser popup warning me that my computer has been hacked and telling me to phone Microsoft Support to have it fixed.
The IP address in the dialog box was not the address of my laptop, and if an important piece of information like that is faked then maybe the Microsoft toll-free phone number listed in the dialog was also faked. So I opened Task Manager and killed my web browser. When I restarted my browser a dreaded blue-screen-of-death (BSOD) appeared with the above dialog displayed over it. That also clued me in that something was fishy because a BSOD screen can never have a dialog superimposed over it since Windows isn’t running at that point.

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