In case, you want to use any third-party antivirus or malicious removal tool then you should either ask experts at PC repair portals, or verify it with the help of Microsoft Compatibility Center that lists all software or hardware products that are compatible with current versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vita, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Release Preview.
Have you ever got a phone call from a Microsoft representative that states “your computer is in risk, or it needs instant virus removal service or any security updates”? The scam has hit Western Washington, Oregon and Alaska, as revealed by Better Business Bureau (BBB) in a recent report, and also confirmed by Eric Foster on behalf of Windows Security Blog. This is not something new. Internet cones often use names of well-known companies, like Microsoft, in their scams to convince victims to divulge personal information and squeeze out money from their accounts.
Answering “How does the scam work?” the agency exposes that the rogue Microsoft representative may claim that there is a serious virus or issue with the consumer’s computer and if the problem is not solved, the computer may become unstable. To “fix computer problem”, the consumer is directed to visit a website or download a program that gives the caller remote access to log in to the computer. Through this gateway now the remote users can have the authorized access to steal personal information. At times, experts can try to woo your confidence saying that you have won the “Microsoft Lottery” and to know more you need to click on certain web-link. Microsoft through this blog post clearly disclaims of making any such approaches to provide update or fix issues, also it doesn’t organizes any Microsoft Lottery kind of thing. No one from Microsoft Tech Support is going to call you or ask for credit card information to validate your copy of Windows. So avoid these dangerous hoaxes. Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Do not disclose any personal information.
News and alerts from third-party Computer Technical Support providers can also help you to stay safe against such fake security alerts. Even if you have got into the trap, and your system has got the infection then you can rely on their experts to clear off viruses, spyware and malware from it through the use of Microsoft recommended tools or Windows compatible software. Manual removal is also feasible through the editing of the registry settings and clearing off susceptible files or entries through the hidden system files. You can also download Microsoft Safety Scanner to know the status of machine, and further use the Microsoft Malicious Removal Software Tool to get rid of potential threats. However, for real-time protection you should install and download Microsoft Security Essentials. In case, you want to use any third-party antivirus or malicious removal tool then you should either ask experts at PC repair portals, or verify it with the help of Microsoft Compatibility Center that lists all software or hardware products that are compatible with current versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vita, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Release Preview.
However, prevention is better than cure. Have frequently usage of the Internet then go through the must-to-follow security tips.
Protect your privacy on the Internet
Guard your information
Use an Internet firewall. Windows Firewall is an inherent feature of the operating system and by default it remains turned on. However, frequently you should keep an eye on its status, for some virus attack it may get disabled. Navigate to Microsoft Update to verify your settings and check for security updates.
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