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Fake Or Real? - March 30th 2010, 09:03 PM

I changed my passwords recently, not to MSN but the password on here and on FB, just be be on the safe side, though I never really know if anyone even knew my passwords before then.
But recently today I got this pop-up, you know hwo the window on your computer looks where it shows you your documents folder and your computer icons and stuf? Well that pops up saying, "YOU HAVE A VIRUS! Scan your computer now! Trojan is attempting to steal your passwords!"
I don't believe it, I have had pop-ups like that before and they were just cookies after I scanned and removed them, nothing important really. I'm thinking this pop-up is just fake. Do any of you get it? Is it anything to worry about, or is it real and dangerous?
   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - March 30th 2010, 09:17 PM

This has happened to me before and i do not think their real.
It's basically an advertisement.




   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - March 30th 2010, 09:18 PM

I think it is fake. The only time you should pay attention to something on your computer telling you about viruses, it when you have something that you installed on your computer that does a scan, like Webroot.
   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - March 30th 2010, 09:36 PM

You have to be careful with that because my mom's husband got one of those and he clicked on it and it was a virus. When you do get that on your screen, make sure you just click out of it and run a virus scan.


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Re: Fake Or Real? - March 30th 2010, 11:52 PM

This happened to me before.
My dad works on computers for a living and when I showed it to him he said to press alt+f4 when this pops up, don't click anything, it could be dangerous.
It is fake, just get rid of it when it pops up.
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Re: Fake Or Real? - March 31st 2010, 05:51 AM

They are fake dont click them what ever you do.



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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 1st 2010, 12:23 AM

It is fake it happened to my friend.



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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 1st 2010, 06:16 AM

Do not even click the window. Go down to the windows start menu toolbar, where the window is tabbed, and right click there instead, and select close.

You can also do Alt + F4 to terminate the program (same as closing)
Both will be a lot safer than clicking "X" on the window of the pop-up, since some programs detect for that kind of thing, and activate when you do so.
   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 1st 2010, 11:08 PM

OK, thanks for the help guys!
   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 15th 2010, 10:20 PM

yeah i get it alot
no need to worry just close that window and carry on
this is to make you buy 3rd party anti viral software
nothing to worry about =)
   
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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 16th 2010, 03:59 AM

Don't click it. Also, if you're using Internet Explorer, this'll be common. Consider changing browser


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Re: Fake Or Real? - April 18th 2010, 04:56 PM

Firefox is my personal favourite, but others prefer other browsers *shrugs*

In either case, I'm closing this thread now since the question has been answered.




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