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I have resolved this issue, but I was a little surprised that it happened at all, so I'm posting here to see what others have to say.

 

I use Chrome as a browser and was reading a page today when I got a pop-up, complete with audio, telling my my computer was infecting with adware and to called Microsoft at a given toll-free number immediately. Of course it was a phishing scam. I had to turn my computer off the hard way, because the pop-up prevented me from closing the browser. I restarted in safe mode and ran a scan. Nothing found. I restarted in regular mode and declined the browser's offer to restart where it had left off. I ran a scan again - nothing. 

 

I have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and the free version of Anti-Exploit. Was one of these supposed to stop the phishing scam, and if so, can you suggest why it did not. I confess I'm not always clear about what kinds of malware these programs are supposed to stop, so I'm curious.

 

I used to use No-Script to stop stuff like this when I used Firefox; I suspect it would have stopped this pop-up from taking over. However, they don't make No-Script for Chrome and there are very mixed reviews for similar programs that are available for Chrome. Do you have any recommendations along this line?

 

Thank you!

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Chances are that often your Antivirus can help stop (or pick up) these things.

 

they don't make No-Script for Chrome

I have installed >> AdFender Free Current version: 1.83 and find it works lighter for me than No-Script programs and  works on all systems that I have found.

 

This combined with your Antivirus program (do you run Active Antivirus, Free or Paid) works well I find.
 

Regards -

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I have resolved this issue, but I was a little surprised that it happened at all, so I'm posting here to see what others have to say.

 

I use Chrome as a browser and was reading a page today when I got a pop-up, complete with audio, telling my my computer was infecting with adware and to called Microsoft at a given toll-free number immediately. Of course it was a phishing scam. I had to turn my computer off the hard way, because the pop-up prevented me from closing the browser. I restarted in safe mode and ran a scan. Nothing found. I restarted in regular mode and declined the browser's offer to restart where it had left off. I ran a scan again - nothing.

No, that is not phishing just a fraud and a kind of scam.

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

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