'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' Tech Support Scam

'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' Tech Support Scam Description

The 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' tech support scam refers to untrusted Web pages that promote uncertified computer help services. Web surfers may stumble upon pop-up windows that say 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System,' and they may have trouble closing the underlying page. The Web designers behind the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' tech support scam exploit the way modern Web browsers handle windows and user input to prevent users from leaving phishing pages.

The 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' tactic relies on users being unaware that the security alert on their screen is fake. The 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' pop-up messages are shown usually on a background image that is a modified screenshot of https://support.microsoft.com/en-us — the official technical support portal for Microsoft customers. The people running the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' use VPN services and IP phones to hide who is on the other line of the phone lines promoted on phishing pages. The 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' tech support scam is known to use phone numbers like 855-783-5888 and many others. We encourage users to avoid interaction with the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' pop-up windows and ignore calls from the 855-783-5888 phone number. Con artists may attempt to use the system diagnostic tools on Windows to convince users to buy a premium computer help package if they experience the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' notifications.

You do not need to pay money to the fraudsters if you want to leave the phishing pages associated with the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' messages. You only need close your Web browser via the Task Manager. Examples of the text shown via the 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System' Web pages can be found below:

  • Sample 1:
  • 'Microsoft Has Detected a Malicious Virus On Your System
    Do Not Shutdown Or Restart Your Computer
    Contact Our Certified Windows Technicians For Immediate Assistance: +1-855-783-5888'

  • Sample 2:
  • 'Confirm Navigation
    YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED
    Your Computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a virus and spyware
    Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled'

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