New Ransomware Disguised as Microsoft Alert

Ransomware attacks are targeting users by sending a fraudulent Microsoft alert their way…

SC Magazine reported a new ransomware variant was recently discovered.  The malware is disguised as a Microsoft alert stating the user’s Windows license has expired and to remediate the issue, users need to unlock their PC.  It was not reported if the computer is then locked on this screen until the victim calls, or if they’re able to remediate the issue after the alert populates.

Some of you may be feeling a sense of deja vu reading this.  Recently, we reported on a tech support scam that sounded pretty similar to this.  The primary difference between the two, is the tech support scam sent an update request to the user, which required action for the scam to occur.  Once the user clicked update, the PC would start the “updating” process.  Once the process was “finished” they’d then get an alert stating the license has expired and the user needs to call for assistance.

Ransomware has become a lucrative business.  Therefore, it is not believed these cyber criminals will give up anytime soon.  While the ransomware war rages on, PC Matic encourages all users to keep their operating systems, security software and applications up-to-date.

To check for system updates, you can go to: Settings>Windows Updates>Check for Updates.

 

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6 thoughts on “New Ransomware Disguised as Microsoft Alert

  1. I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL SOPPOSEDLY FROM MICR SOFT TELLING ME MY COMPUTER WAS HACKED BY RUSSI
    ANS AND MICRO SOFT WOULD HELP ME TO REPAIR THE PROBLEM AFTER A LENGTHY DISSCUSSION THEY WANTED TO CHARGE ME 100.00 TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS I DECLINED THE OFFER THEY HUNG UP.WHERE DO I STAND KNOW I DO HAVE ACCESS TO MY COMPUTER

  2. I have receive the same notice and was to call Microsoft and let them fix the problem. They gave telephone # to call. My question is Why cant AT&T have a call # that we can call and then AT&T can disconnect that # and be careful as to when the party will call to get a new #?

  3. I just had a notice by “Windows Update” that said I needed to update my Windows files. I’ve been trying to update many files because the computer is old so wondered that it might be true but I never knew them to interrupt what a person was doing to do this. I remembered getting a newsletter that said Microsoft had a fake notice and wondered if this could be part of it or ins some way related. I finally decided it was probably ok. I hit download but my computer came up with a message saying this kind of download would damage my computer… I deleted it. Scary stuff!

    • @Carolyn Stafford: I recently got this pop-up, just as you described. It looks so real, but having PCMatic protection, I was sure my Windows was up to date. I did not click on the pop-up, but closed my computer down. Then turned it on and went to Windows Manager to assure that I was up to date.

      Check out Federal Govt. web on Scam alerts: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scamalerts , here you can report the scams and get advise to deal with ransomware.

  4. I have just been hit with a scam that I cannot seem to get rid of. When the “edge” browser comes up I get this awful alarm and a notice to call a number for assistance. The warn you not to turn off the PC, but I ignore it. I ran PC-matic and restored to an earlier date and seem to work okay. However, now it seems once a day my PC hits an error and restarts. Any advice?

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