'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' Tech Support Scam
The 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' tech support scam is a Web-based campaign to distribute misleading information and welcome users to call a phone managed by non-certified computer support agents. The 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' tech support scam name is self-explanatory, and computer users might be suggested that their license for Windows has expired and they need to buy a new activation code. It is important to know that once you activate your copy of the license key of the Windows OS, it remains valid and you can transfer it to a new device. If you want to know more about how the Windows key work, you can load Support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12440/windows-10-activation and read Makeuseof.com's excellent article on Makeuseof.com/tag/everything-know-windows-product-keys/.
The people who are associated with the 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' tech support scam aim to scare users and profit from them wanting to keep using a legitimate copy of Windows. As mentioned above, the phishing campaign uses pop-up windows delivered via ads, banners and untrusted pages. Usually, the 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' messages are displayed as modified screenshots of the 'System' menu under the 'Control Panel' window. Users can find information regarding their processor, computer name, available RAM, the type of OS that is loaded, as well as the status of their copy of Windows. The 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' screenshots appear to feature images from Windows 7, but we may see new versions that include support for Windows 10's 'About your PC' window under the 'Settings' hub. The main message that is directed at PC users who stumble on pages related to the 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' tech support scam is the following:
'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired today
If it Expires, Your Windows Platform System will be locked, or it will be restart in every few minutes.
For Immediate Support Call Windows Platform Help Desk at Toll-Free: [A 1-800 PHONE NUMBER]'
You should not click on the links and promotional banners placed on the 'This Build of Windows Platform is Expired Today' pop-up windows because you may be directed to download a remote desktop client, and call 888-448-5333 or any other phone number that may be used by the con artists. Cybersecurity experts remind regular PC users to keep their Internet client up-to-date, avoid spam messages and be careful about what they bring to their systems. Educated users are likely to evade most threats in the cyber world, and you may be interested in installing a backup manager to secure your data against threats that make it pass your defenses.