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What to do if a questionable pop up window appears?


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#1 taskinillusion

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:58 PM

I think the title says it all :flowers:

What to do if a questionable pop up window appears?

For example, if I'm doing some research on Google and I start clicking on many sites. Some of them will obviously be safe, but I might go on a not-so-great site and get a pop up window telling me to download an antispyware program (like Antivirus 2009 :thumbsup: ). I've read somewhere that even if I click on the "X" to close the window, it might be too late. Would "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" be a good idea?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:25 PM

That is the better option. Ctrl Alt Del. the X is probably too late. I would still scan my PC.

Edited by boopme, 07 January 2009 - 10:28 PM.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:16 AM

I suspect that the X in the upper right corner of a window can be spoofed by the bad guys. In other words, they can make that X do anything that they want.

I advise my customers (and my wife), to close the offending application by right clicking on it in the Task Bar and selecting "Close". Another option is to press Alt and F4 at the same time when the offending window is in the foreground.

Sometimes they won't close this way, and you'll have to close more things in your Task Bar. Start with your web brower and close everything. If that still doesn't do it, then you'll have to go to the Processes tab of Task Manager and start ending processes there.

If this is too much, then just shut the computer down using the Start...Shutdown option (not Restart).
Remove the power cord (this is likely paranoia speaking) for a couple of minutes.
Then reboot, ensure your anti-virus definitions are up to date, and then perform a full system scan.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:49 PM

Thank you very much for your advice (and for the fast replies) :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:07 PM

You are welcome from all of us.
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