Question Question concerning fake alert

AllanDale

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I just recovered my PC and got an alert which locked up my computer, to a point. I used task master to kill it, but have a question still. I have not been to any sites which I consider might give me some type of malware, but, I still got an alert telling me that someone tried to log in to my account, and I should call an 888 number. I know this is a toll free number which Microsoft doesn't use for this type of alert. Could I have some type of malware, whether Trojan or worm or anything detrimental to my system hiding somewhere in my registry? I used Malwarebytes Rootkit and found nothing. My Essentials doesn't display anything. I am just concerned there may be something hidden somewhere that has imbedded itself into my just recovered computer. I went through a recovery because I had just received an update that made my mouse quit working completely. Over and over again, I'd run a windows restore and finally found that the last update was the culprit, so I had no other choice but to recover my PC. I just want to be sure there's not something hidden that I have that's waiting to attack my PC. I'm on a Windows 7 Home Premium HP Desktop 8Gb 64bit OS
 

Zephyl

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Was it within a web browser or was it a standalone window that popped up? If it's the latter, it's a more serious issue and at the very least you should run a scan.
 

USAFRet

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It was a Bing using Chrome as my Browser. I was just doing a search.
Right.
That popup IS the "virus".
Not an actual virus, but rather something to scare you into thinking there is one.

You call the 888 number, they do all sorts of technomagic to show you how badly your system is compromised.
Then, require $300 to "fix it".

In reality, there is no issue.
 

prince_xaine

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It was just a popup message trying to extort money from you. These can load up on a variety of sites, including ones that are believed to be more on the safe side. The easiest thing to do is to avoid the sites with the popups, or use an adblock extension. Chrome is the best out of the more popular browsers for filtering out ads that contain scams such as this one, with edge falling victim to a ton of them. The most common sites for these are sites to play or watch free games, free movies/shows, pornographic sites, torrent sites, etc. The reason these are prominent on these sites is due to the nature of 'free content.' A good example of this would be kissanime.ru, which is a great site to watch anime on, but has the drawback of less than ideal ads that display inappropriate content or scams such as the one you saw. This site also has a penalty for using adblocks, so this is also something to be aware of if you go down that route.
 

AllanDale

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It was a Bing using Chrome as my Browser. I was just doing a search.
I recently had a stroke and have a very short memory ability, so the reason I am saying that is; I forgot where I was on my computer when the alert occurred. I was just about to click on Rush Limbaugh on the WND site when the alert happened. It froze my Bing site or Chrome Browser and I actually could not do anything more on it. But, I clicked on my Internet Explorer Browser and it opened. I then left clicked my taskbar and opened task manager where I was able to kill the alert. I was just curious to know why such a thing could happen when I really haven't contacted any sites I thought might be maliscious types. Anyway, thanx to all for your assistance
 

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