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Top Story: Watch out! Malware disguised as Microsoft security update

Detecting the scam

The Hicurdismos malware scam uses a fake Blue Screen of Death to fool its victims. Here are a few things you can look for to spot one of these fake support scams:

  • Spotting a fake BSOD - Real error messages from Microsoft will not include a phone number for support. They will actually provide you with an error code and instructions to search for more information.
  • Anti-malware products - Windows 8 and 10 already has Windows Defender built-in. If you are running these operating systems there's no need to install Security Essentials.
  • Certificates - Microsoft installers are signed by a Microsoft certificate.

If your PC is infected

Microsoft says if your PC is infected with the Hicurdismos malware, you should use Windows Defender Offline to scan it. You should also report the scam to Microsoft.

If you are already a victim of Hicurdismos or any fake support scam, take these steps:

  • Apply all security updates as soon as they're available. Do a full scan of your PC to remove the threat.
  • Change your passwords.
  • If you paid the scammers, call your bank or credit card provider to get the charges reversed.
  • Watch for any suspicious login activity. Block all traffic to services that you would not typically access.

 

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