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Tech support scam sites sends my RAM usage to 100%


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#1 FreezIn

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:30 PM

Alright, so obviously I visit sites for free movies and such, and of course 99.9% of the time I get these stupid tech support scam popups. I don't have any damn problem closing them, but they f**king send my RAM usage 100%, leaving the computer literally frozen that almost guarantees me a restart, because I literally can't even get task manager opened. 

 

Has anyone encounter one of the tech support scam sites that also made your computer SUPER LAGGY? If you did, how did you go about blocking those popups or ending the task when task manager is unable to be opened?



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#2 Havachat

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:54 PM

Try Adblock Plus for which ever Browser you use ....  https://adblockplus.org/

 

There are other blockers available,  i prefer the above.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:14 PM

I cheat, I start the task manager right after I boot up, before I open anything.  This makes it easy to find the culprit and stop the process.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:44 PM

What Havachat and Nova said but I suggest "uBlock Origin" Addon for browsers for ad blocking.

 

Also, give "Adguard" a try.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:51 PM

I will give uBlock Origin a try, because adblock apparently doesn't pickup the tech support scam sites i'm currently facing, and sadly, they also sometimes change the damn URL too.

 

I can start task manager first, but either way, the computer will still end up too frozen to even alt tab or do anything.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:55 PM

Also in case if you are using chrome for browsing use chrome reset tool.

 

 

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6086368?hl=en



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 04:19 PM

Using task manager to close the browser does not always work.

Scammers and cyber-criminals are very innovated...see Tech Support Scams use new Tricks to Hold Browsers Hostage. They are always developing creative and more sophisticated techniques to snare their victims into providing personal information or stealing their money for financial gain. The criminals can target specific browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, specific devices like Apple and even your iPhone or iPad.For more information about how these scams work and resources to protect yourself, please read Beware of Phony Emails & Tech Support Scams.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:07 AM

Ublock Origin totally rocks!

 

Makes some horribly 'pop-up happy' sites almost seem completely normal...


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:56 PM

As suggested above: Ublock Origin.

These websites pretty much keep refreshing themselves using all your memory.
Exiting the page asap is the best you can do at that moment.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:01 PM

As I said before, exiting the page is not always a possibility...sometimes you may have to resort to a clean reboot.
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