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Great War Ace02 Nov 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

I was viewing's auto news feed. My wife called me away to look at a clothing catalogue. When I returned that was what was in my face. No amount of clicking could remove it. I closed Google Chrome and it went away. This is a new one. Webroot didn't flag it, yet. A very special place in hell is reserved for the makers of this Bleeped text

Great War Ace02 Nov 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

And yeah, if someone wants to ask, I don't view porno sites. It's not that my searches don't occasionally turn up stuff, and like a slow train wreck I don't pull my eyes away quickly enough. But I don't go there. Besides, even if I did, Webroot would flag the first instance of malware from such places: the crap that potentially comes from porno sites would all be top priority, most commonly encountered, basic stuff to guard against. So, what is this from?

Great War Ace02 Nov 2017 8:17 a.m. PST
Brand new scam, apparently. Beware. How it got to me via is the troubling part.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

IDK what it is from, GWA, but I also run Webroot
(great AV s'ware, BTW) and I've had the same experience,
that is, what looks like ransomware is a fake and
disappears when you power down and then reboot.

I've no idea from whence it arises.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 12:17 p.m. PST

I've been getting phone calls telling me my Windows cert number has expired & to call a number immediately. Obviously a scam.

cloudcaptain02 Nov 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

Not new at all. Fake Indian tech support. They have been scamming people for years now. If your computer pops up a number to call as an alert….never call it. It's a script from the page you are on. Usually hidden in a bogus ad. Not a virus. Hence your AV software usually does not react unless it tries to take malicious action beyond displaying itself/playing audio.

Great War Ace03 Nov 2017 7:04 a.m. PST

How does this hidden script take control over the entire search engine? None of my other open tabs would display. The dammed thing would not click off or out. Only the "X" to close down the entire opened browser worked, thank goodness.

Tacitus03 Nov 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

Cloudcaptain has the right of it.

Phil Hall03 Nov 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

I have been getting the same thing on Facebook

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