Tag: malware

“Your computer is damaged ... we’ll help you fix it.” It’s the latest twist on tech support scams: Scammers sell software online that claims to increase your computer’s performance. They lure you to their websites with...

It’s Pizza Hut’s 55th anniversary, the email says, and you can join in the celebration by getting a free pizza at any of its restaurants. Just click on the “Get Free Pizza Coupon” button.Don’t do it. There’s no...

Love breezing through tollbooths with your E-Z Pass? A new scam is taking advantage of that.  Here’s how it works: You get an email that appears to be from E-Z Pass. It has the E-Z Pass logo, and says you owe money for driving...

A U.S. District Court recently ordered the operators of several international tech support scams to pay more than $5.1 million for convincing people that their computers were riddled with viruses and then charging for bogus support services. We...

The Department of Justice recently announced a multinational law enforcement effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus Botnet.What is it and why care about it? Gameover Zeus is malware designed to steal banking and other credentials from home and business...

Have you gotten an email with the subject line “Pending consumer complaint” that looks like it came from the FTC? The email warns that a complaint against you has been filed with the FTC. It asks you to click on a link or attachment...

“Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Tallahassee in April 02, 2014 at 09:00 am.” Signed, the Clerk to the Court.Sound official? Like the fake funeral...

You’ve heard it a million times: Don’t click on links in an email unless you know who sent it and what it is.But sometimes the link in an email is just so darned convenient. For example, you ship a package to a friend, and then you get an email with...

In a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft. They say that they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your...

If you’ve ever had a virus on your computer, you know what a nightmare it can be — a slow computer that crashes unexpectedly, your contact lists getting messages that you didn’t send, your online accounts vulnerable to hacking.Perhaps just as...

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