I know you've been there. Your computer is happily chugging along, and all
of a sudden a pop-up warns of a virus, critical performance problem or some
other such catastrophe. Being the IT guru that you are, you ignore it, knowing
it's all a scam.
Not everyone is so smart. Plenty click on the pop-ups and buy the unnecessary
-- and often bogus -- security software offered. I had a whole machine destroyed
this way, and I never even clicked the link! I swear!
Microsoft is working with the state of Washington to sue
companies that exploit Windows to deliver these misleading pop-ups. I hope
Microsoft and the state attorneys kick some major pop-up butt.
Have you or anyone you know been victimized by this garbage? Horror stories
welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 10/02/2008 at 1:16 PM