This morning while searching for a part for a computer repair, I clicked a link and received this message in my browser.
** ZEUS VIRUS DETECTED – YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED **
Error: Virus – Trojan Backdoor Hijack #365838d7f8a4fa5
IP: [your ip address] Browser:Internet Explorer [Your ISP]
Please call computer system technician immediately on: (888) 224-7531
Please do not ignore this safety alert. Your Microsoft System Has Been Compromised. If you close this page before calling us, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage and your data from being stolen.
This pop up is completely fake. Your computer is not infected with the Zeus Virus, it’s not blocked from anything, and Microsoft has no idea whether you are infected or not. If you call the phone number, the fake “support team” will try to convince you to let them remote connect to your computer. They may infect it with a real virus, they may steal files or lock your files, or do various other damage to your computer. In the end they will demand a large amount of money to repair the damage they have caused. If you refuse, they will lock the computer and you’ll lose access to your files.
So the most important thing to do is NOT to call that number. Instead, I recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes, the best anti malware program on the market, which will remove any malware that might be on your system. If you purchase a premium subscription you will have 24 hour protection against malware and viruses.