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Scam Alert: Fake Virus Warning to Make Users Call 1-855-420-8247

September 27, 2014

A tip from reader:

Scam Alert 1-855-420-8247

A pop-up warning showed up on Safari claiming the viruses were found on the computer. It was almost impossible to quit Safari as the pop-up re-emerges when closed. One way to deal with this is to force quit (Command-Option-Escape) Safari, then disable the auto-resume feature in OS X. In OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks, go to System Preferences > General > and uncheck the “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps” option.

In the upcoming OS X Yosemite, the option looks slightly different; well, more than slightly different.

Check the “Close windows when quitting an app” option.

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This particular scam has been around for a while.

It seems the scammer was astroturfing the comments on this page.

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