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Scammers Make Money with Malware Masquerading as BSOD

Malwarebytes is warning about a malware that has been rightly named Troubleshooter, which is an unreal 'Blue-Screen-of-Death' (BSOD), seeking for locking out the Windows operator. Thus, one "troubleshooting wizard" emerges onscreen pretending to be some Windows feature. It finds problems supposedly inflicting the computer following which it suggests the victim to make a $25 payment through PayPal for purchasing the Windows Defender Essentials package for dealing with them.

The malicious program deactivates shortcut keys, like Ctrl-Alt-Del to prevent the end-user from shutting down Windows OS and eventually the 'troubleshooting wizard' pop-up. In addition to this, it seizes the infected desktop's screenshot which it dispatches onto some far off IP address.

Troubleshooter, according to Malwarebytes, is proliferating with the aid of certain software downloader which installs different files of which the malicious program is included. Subsequently, it stays on the computer claiming to be a Windows utility.

Should the victim deposit the 25 dollars, he'd get diverted onto one web-page displaying "thank you" while that will end the infection on the system. But there's another way as well for rectifying the problem and that is by restarting the computer to Safe Mode followed with eliminating the malware.

It's been 10-yrs-or-so that we find tech support frauds existing. According to FTC, these appear in numerous forms - A few fraudsters call themselves computer techs having connection with renowned organizations like Apple or Microsoft. Still a few distribute pop-up missives which caution of computer problems, like they've found viruses or malicious software of other kinds on the end-user's PC. These fraudsters assert they're tech support so they tell the victim for providing them his PC's access from remote.

Ultimately, they would find an issue, which's actually unreal, and direct the victim for paying to get services that are actually not necessary or even destructive. Info Security posted this, December 4, 2017.

It's advisable that anybody getting unexpected pop-ups, junk electronic mails, phone-calls, else other urgent missives regarding issues with their PCs mustn't follow any web-links, send any cash or talk on any given phone-numbers.

For a computer contaminated with Troubleshooter, the end-user requires following the removal instructions of Malwarebytes free-of-cost.

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