Sunday, May 13, 2018

Annoying fake "scareware" scams...

Somehow, I stumbled across a Web site that randomly pops up on my computer, usually when I'm least expecting it.  It's a fake ad from Apple Care that has an extremely annoying beep that sounds, which invariably startles me and demands my attention.

When I hit the page, I get told my computer is infected with three viruses and needs to be cleaned right now in order to avoid "permanent damage".  Of course, I know this is a bullshit scam ad aimed at scaring me into downloading some junky malware that will mess up my computer even more than it already is.

I scanned my computer this morning with a legitimate program.  It's clean.  Even if it wasn't clean, I'm thinking about replacing it soon anyway, because it's starting to show signs of breaking down.  I beat the hell out of my computers and it's rare for one to last me longer than a few years.  I've had this one for almost four years and it shows.  So no, I won't be downloading any fake scareware for this computer.  However, I would like to get rid of that annoying ad with its loud beep that invariably shocks me out of whatever it is I'm trying to do.

I probably need to quit using Safari, Apple's crappy browser, because I have a feeling this would not be a problem if I used Chrome or Firefox.  But old habits die hard and I have a longstanding habit of using Safari.

The people who make these scammy malware programs ought to be kneecapped for the loud beeping sound alone.

I had a more substantial topic in mind for today, but it slipped my brain.  I might be back later.

2 comments:

  1. I detest the sound of that beep. It sounds farm more alarming than the sound my phone made in Hawaii when the threat of a nuclear missile was wrongly reported.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seriously. Screw the people who make that crap. It's almost as bad as doorbells in commercials.

      Delete

Comments on older posts will be moderated.