Windows is damaged scam ad on tomshardware.com

knickle

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I clicked on a link at the bottom of Ryzen 3000 article to read forum comments, and this worked fine. But then suddenly I got a loud tone screaming through my PC speakers (around 1khz) and I noticed that the other browser tab that had the Toms article had changed to Win Erx03. I have the actual link in my browser history, but I don't want to just post it here and have people clicking on it. If an admin would like the link I can send it in a PM.

The pop-up said something about damaged or irrelevant files. I did a quick google search and found what appears to have been the exact same page I got. Here's the link: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-your-windows-system-is-damaged-scam

This is the second time I've had an issue like this on the main site. The last time was about a month or so ago.

I'm one Windows 10, and I was using Windows Edge browser at the time this happened.
 

AllenTheAlien

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I clicked on a link at the bottom of Ryzen 3000 article to read forum comments, and this worked fine. But then suddenly I got a loud tone screaming through my PC speakers (around 1khz) and I noticed that the other browser tab that had the Toms article had changed to Win Erx03. I have the actual link in my browser history, but I don't want to just post it here and have people clicking on it. If an admin would like the link I can send it in a PM.

The pop-up said something about damaged or irrelevant files. I did a quick google search and found what appears to have been the exact same page I got. Here's the link: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-your-windows-system-is-damaged-scam

This is the second time I've had an issue like this on the main site. The last time was about a month or so ago.

I'm one Windows 10, and I was using Windows Edge browser at the time this happened.
Have you run into this issue again recently? I just want to see if the ad still pops up for you.
 

knickle

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This just happened to me again. Brand new windows install (1903) on a new SSD. Install is less than two days old, so I doubt that this is a malware/virus issue on my end. It happened while visiting the CPU forum. I had not logged in yet, so the page had a lot of ads on it.

I have two links in my browser history with the same timestamp. One is from cloudfront, and the other is from brokerflag.
 

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