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New Version of “Your Windows is Banned” Malware Demands $50 in Bitcoin

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This particular type of malware goes all the way back to late 2016. At that time, security researchers came across a new type of malware which informed users that their Windows installation had been banned. Anyone with a decent brain will realize this is nothing but a scam rather than an actual threat. Victims who see this message should also realize that their computer has been infected with malware, which is a threat.

The dubious message shows up on the lock screen as soon as the user boots his or her computer, along with a mention of how they must call a Microsoft tech support phone number located in the US. Calling this phone number will not help anyone since this attack has nothing to do with Microsoft itself, but is merely the result of one’s computer having been infected by malware.

Interestingly, it is possible to call the phone number displayed on the screen, even though no one will receive any support from it whatsoever. Instead, they will be put in touch with a call agent who attempts to sell unnecessary support services. Callers are also informed that their Windows license has expired and that they need to pay US$99.99 for a new one. This is utterly bogus, of course, but novice computer users may be tricked into believing the story.

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