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Spurious Spyware Warnings While Surfing Web

Problem

While browsing the web, you receive popup warnings about spyware, such as:

Reputable spyware/antivirus removers and IT support providers do not advertise in this way. Following the links in the message generally takes you to a website which prompts to download various programs which you should avoid.

Solution

  • Do not panic; these are fake warnings.

  • Do not click the links in such popup messages.

  • Do not call any numbers shown on the messages.

  • Close the popup windows immediately by clicking the X in the top right hand corner. (Invariably both Yes and No options have the same effect.)

More generally:

  • Use antivirus software and keep it up to date.

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