Windows 10 users are being warned about a new strain of malware that stops them from logging into their PCs.
Users whose PCs have been infected are presented with a pop up which reads “Your Windows Has been BANNED”.
It then explains that the PC has been locked due to an “unsolvable threat”.
Users are then told the only way to unlock their PC is to pay 50 dollars worth of Bitcoin or all their files will be deleted.
The scam, which is a classic ransomware attack, first appeared in 2016 and has now resurfaced again.
However, the scam this time round would perhaps be a little more convincing if the pop up message that is displayed to users wasn’t littered with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
After a quick read of the message and despite the threat of your version of Windows being “banned”, you don’t need to be a cyber security expert to realise that it is probably a scam.
How to protect your PC from the Your Windows Has been BANNED” scam
The advice to users to avoid ransomware scams is to always ensure you have up to date antivirus software installed on your device.
Never download, open or install any suspicious files or email attachments or click on any links in an email where the sender is unfamiliar to you.
Even if the email looks to have been sent from someone you know or from an organisation you are familiar with, if you are still suspicious contact the individual or organisation separately to confirm they sent it.
Also always make sure you have the latest security updates from Microsoft installed on your PC or laptop.
H/T: Beta News
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