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Untangling Tech

Untangling Tech

We keep up with technology so we can help explain it to you. We'll try new devices and share our thoughts on them. We'll share the cool apps our clients are using. We'll watch for the latest scams and alert you so you can protect yourself. Have a question? Send it through our Contact Us page and we'll answer you directly as well as blog about the topic and post it in our monthly newsletter.

We’re Not Afraid of ScareWare!

And you shouldn’t be, either. ScareWare is a popup window that appears on your web browser. The wording is meant to scare you into believing there is a virus on your computer. The purpose of ScareWare is to get people to pay money to resolve a problem that doesn’t actually exist. People naively spend hundreds of dollars on this scam.

Who’s affected? Anyone with a web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox as examples). If you see a popup like this, do not call the number. Beware of phrases like:

  • “Call us immediately.”
  • “Computer access will be disabled.”
  • “Further damage to your network.”
  • “Your computer alerted us.”
  • “Information is being stolen.”
  • “You must contact us immediately.”
  • “Call us within 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.”