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#1 RRguy


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:30 AM

I am using a laptop with Windows 10.  My mother has a computer in another room.  The computers are not networked.  I was browsing in Firefox, looking for a flash game.  I clicked on a link, and threatening message appeared in a new tab.  I don't remember what it said.  I couldn't close the tab or the browser, so I opened Task Manager and closed Firefox.  When I opened Firefox again, There was a message that said that my computer had been compromised.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I called the phone number.  I got a guy who gave me some instructions.  He then took control of my computer.  After checking, he said that I had a trojan, and someone had hacked my mother's IP address.  Even If we got new computers, it would do no good.  Someone could still get my banking, email and other info.  My mother's too.  He said that I needed to use their service to protect myself for $400.

Sounds shady to me, so I hung up.  Could any of what he said be possible.  I have no problem getting a new laptop, but is it likely that a new one would fix everything?

Edited by RRguy, 13 October 2017 - 12:33 AM.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:19 AM

You are safe don't worry all that has happened is that a popup has popped up with a message that is untrue. Your IP address hasn't been "hacked" it doesn't work like that. You don't need a new laptop, use software like CCleaner to clean out Firefox settings just to be really safe if you feel you need too. All I can recommend is to never call the phone number on that popup as they probably have some kind of premium phoneline that charges you an insane amount to call them and when they remote control into you PC they will steal your private data, never let anyone remote into your machine.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:17 AM

Hello as said it's a scam. I would still scan.


  • Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
  • Checkmark the following checkboxes:
    • Flush DNS
    • Report IE Proxy Settings
    • Reset IE Proxy Settings
    • Report FF Proxy Settings
    • Reset FF Proxy Settings
    • List content of Hosts
    • List IP conf[iguration
    • List Winsock Entries
    • List last 10 Event Viewer log
    • List Installed Programs
    • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
  • Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.
  • Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.
  • Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.
  • Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.
  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.
  • If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.
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  • If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.
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  • Click on the Scan button.
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#4 RRguy

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 02:49 AM

I tried to scan with Malware Bytes, but the scan was slow and shaky and froze about halfway through.  That has never happened before.  The guy showed me what looked like a trojan.  He might have infected me after I allowed remote access to my computer.  I bought a new computer today.  I have been thinking about getting a new one anyway, and it's better than the one I had.  I wouldn't mind so much if I didn't feel like such an idiot for getting sucked in like that.  That's the kind of thing that I warn others not to fall for.  I asked my mother not to tell anyone.  My story is that I just got infected through careless browsing  ;-).  I do need to download some of the recommended software.  I've used some of them before.


Thanks a bunch to all for the prompt replies.

Edited by RRguy, 14 October 2017 - 02:57 AM.

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