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I had a conversation with a family member recently who was nearly scammed out of £4500+,
Received a phone call from someone from Microsoft, gave his name and Microsoft number? and said they had been monitoring the feedback they received from his PC, and noticed that he was being hit by a lot of attempted virus's, which was affecting the performance of his computer, they could fix this problem for a one of fee of £5-00, he agreed to the fix and authorised the payment, they then asked him to type in some details that would allow them access to his computer,so they could carry out the fix, while they were carrying out the fix he received a phone call from his bank, asking him if he had authorised a payment of £4500 to a Western Union account, :wtf: he immediately switched off his computer and stopped the payment, the scammers even rang back the next day to ask if he had stopped the £5-00 payment, and were told what to do :angryfire: he came very close to losing his money if it had not been for somebody at the Bank thinking something wasn't right.

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thanks for sharing
many a person would be too embarrassed :lol:

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That's quite common, some one calling you, claiming to be from a company offering to fix your pc for a fee.

There is also the one of "a friend spoke to a relative, who claimed to have nearly lost money............."

Just saying.

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Bt internet scam is along those lines, Thames water saying you need to pay over the phone is another one

If its a legitimate company they will contact you by other means

The Microsoft scam has been going on nearly 15 years you think with the amount of press attention its been given people would become wise to it


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This one happens quite often,a few friends have asked me about this.Normally I just run a good spyware program and virus program and the calls stop.
Windows is truly bad for allowing software to self install and ends up riddled with spyware and viruses.
Linux doesn't seem to suffer,or Mac.
Also chrome and firefox are better than Internet Explorer/windows own browser in my opinion.
Sandboxie used to be good when I used windows machines although I don't tend to use them much now,so haven't used this for a long while.
I think chrome uses a sandbox type system.


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Windows is truly bad for allowing software to self install .


I've had windows since I had a computer.. and I've never had any software "self-install" except what was bundled with the 'puter on purchase..

* except when installing summat else and not noticing the box that says "also install xyz by default" and if you uncheck the box it doesn't install..

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That "also install" thing is a right PIA. It has taught me to read the blurb properly though after being caught a couple of times!



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i always scroll through the terms and conditions and specifically look for tick boxes as stuff can often be hidden :lol:

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Well the windows machines I have seen ,most have a tonne of spyware,viruses and other stuff on that the owner hasn't installed themselves,I find that system altering stuff on windows happens very quickly and easily without the users consent half the time,also lots of software runs on startup as default so the startup routine gets longer and longer and ever more bizarre until you manually knock everything off the startup list.
On Linux anything that alters the system needs a password including updates,software installs .
And very similar on Mac.
Although I was working on a windows 10 machine the other day and noticed it asked my permission to change the system,which is a improvement at least.


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All I can say is I've had Windows machines for over 20 years now. A good bit of that time with internet access. I've had one actual virus infection IIRC in that time. It was a long time back, was something minor and I can't remember how I got it now. Something downloaded I expect. A virus scan showed it up and repaired it.
I run, and always have run up to date virus software, and scan with anti malware occasionally (which always shows nothing apart from tracking cookies.) I'm careful where I download stuff from, and where I go on the internet. I don't download dodgy software etc.
I know there is nothing running on my machine that shouldn't be.
I don't look at many other machines, but a recent look at a friend's machine showed no virus or malware infections. The machine wasn't running right and she was worried it was virus or malware infected. It wasn't. Again it was running up to date virus software.
Macs may be less likely to get a virus, but are not completely immune. Nor are Linux machines.


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99% is user inflicted or lack of knowledge, I have been in the IT game for 20+ years and used all sorts of platforms, the reason you here about it on windows is the shear dominance they have in the market place

Linux has a market share of 1.4% where as windows has 40-45% with OSx at 11% the rest is made up from mainly android and iOS devices and that's not counting and apple dual boot stuff

Linux is a nerds platform you have to have a desire to use it and know how to use it, its not user friendly but it is getting better - I have worked on large ibm unix mainframes and its not fun, The Apple core (kernel) is based on a 40 year old unix system with a simplistic front end


I know lets all use OS/2 Warp :roll: a lot of embedded solutions still use it, mainly ATM's



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OS/2 warp was around when I started with computers. Never tried it, but it was supposed to be quite good at the time?
I quite like Linux, and I'd use it, but I'm a big kid and I play games, and it's not particularly games friendly, although I believe that you can run Direct X (DX10?) on some versions now.


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I've used the internet extensively since about 1991 (with Windows, but not using IE for a long time now) and not yet managed to get a virus. It'll happen one day I suppose, but it won't be for a lack of vigilance on my part.

Back to Scams- I got an email to tell me that my Barclays account has been blocked today - that's the second time this month :lol: - and I've never had an account with Barclays. :mrgreen:

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No, I can't remember the last time I used IE either.


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I use 3 browsers, but I do use ie as its what most forum users use, It helps with issues with the site and compatibility

Ms Edge is the biggest pile of ................ even Netscape Navigator is better, now I'm showing my age


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