How the scam works:
You are working on your computer when a pop-up window appears on your screen saying your computer is infected with malware. The title may be: "Why is my computer so slow?" or "How to fix a slow computer". The ad offers two options: Fix problems or Find viruses. You click on the first one and are taken to a registration site.
The site says that for a small fee it will fix all your computer problems and it will be running like new in no time. In fact, it's your lucky day because there is a special deal and today the fee is lower than it usually is!
You snap up the offer, only to realize a few days later that you probably shouldn't have, finding several charges on your credit card. The company seems impossible to reach on the phone to get a refund. You gave away your money, and your malware problems are only likely to get worse.
Watch the video below to see a different variation of the Slow Computer Scam, exposed:
How to avoid the How To Fix A Slow Computer scam:
Even if you're having computer problems or not, you should always have a good antivirus software installed on your computer regardless. Or you can always suck it up and run to your local computer shop. It may be a little pricey, but at least you know you’re dealing with a legitimate business. Always rely on reputable companies rather than no names. There are several out there.
How to report the How To Fix A Slow Computer scam:
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