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Old 10-06-2018, 05:37 AM   #1
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Default If your browser is hi-jacked / screen frozen by this window...



... it appears not to damage the system, and can be cleared in a few seconds:

1. Press CTRL/ALT/DEL and close your browser
2. Re-start your browser, and when it asks which tasks to re-open, de-select the offending tab/window
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:54 AM   #2
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I've had my FireFox frozen by this window many times. It worried me at first, because I thought it was a genuine alert, and it seemed there was no way to escape it, except by re-booting the PC

But it isn't genuine, and does not appear to do any system damage, so far as I can tell. It's just a nuisance

It comes in two forms -- a tab in your active window/browser session, or a new window in a parallel browser session

If it's in a new window, you can safely ignore it until your downloads/other business in your active window are complete. If it freezes your active window, it may make sense to re-start your browser immediately

Use the above procedure, and you should be ok
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'WanaCry' is one of the oldest threats; but like you say if you act calmly its of little real trouble. Sadly, there are so many people out there who panic and would call them up to get scammed. The world is a bad place, full of bad people.
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That worried me a little the first time I got one (from one website I won't name since you almost get it everytime you click their host link)... Just need to close your browser, start an offline session and remove the page from your history. Everything will be fine after.

The noise and the alerting lecture are done to make casual users panic so they call the scamming number.
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... it appears not to damage the system, and can be cleared in a few seconds:

1. Press CTRL/ALT/DEL and close your browser
2. Re-start your browser, and when it asks which tasks to re-open, de-select the offending tab/window

I had something like this happen to me 2 times a while ago, in my case it was accompanied by a voice that started talking (can't remember if it was French or Englisr). Both times it happened after i clicked a pic (on some filehost) and clicked on it again.
I did like you said and force-closed the browser right away (in a slight panic, i admit), no further virus or anything.




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That worried me a little the first time I got one (from one website I won't name since you almost get it everytime you click their host link)... Just need to close your browser, start an offline session and remove the page from your history. Everything will be fine after.

The noise and the alerting lecture are done to make casual users panic so they call the scamming number.

Yeah, that was the one.
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These scareware / scamware pop-ups usually occur when a new flaw has been found in Windows or a new ransomware variety is reported.

While they are easily cleaned up with a task manager close tab and running cc cleaner once what you should really be doing is closing all the gaps which invite them in.

If you dont use ad-blockers or script blockers browser plugins come into play

Using an encrypted external hard drive and keeping the computers hard drive for your system means any real ransomware wont cost you anything


Don't Fall for These Lame WannaCry Scams

How to Protect Yourself from WannaCry Ransomware

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/wannacr...ews-25161.html

Tech Support Scammers Are Exploiting Mass Hysteria Surrounding WannaCry

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...ding-wannacry/

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I am too lazy. I pull the plug, restart and when the restore option starts up untick the offending window. This keeps the other six or twelve windows I had open still in play
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I am too lazy. I pull the plug, restart and when the restore option starts up untick the offending window. This keeps the other six or twelve windows I had open still in play
That's basically the same operation as above, but it takes longer by re-booting

You don't have to re-boot. Just press CTRL-ALT-DEL, shut-down your browser and then re-start it like you said
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I forgot to mention that pulling the plug is the only way to get off VEF after being on it too frornicating long when I should be doing something else and Becky Sharping "tomorrow is another day"
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I get a similar scareware on Firefox on my Mac.It's made to look like Apple Care has detected a problem.I have to force quit using option/command/esc and force quit the browser.When rebooting I click on start new session or else it puts up the lock screen again.
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