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A malware ransomware got through, complete with a loud beeping horn and an ominous message to "Comcast cable" user and an 888 number to call to have a technician fix the problem.  Sorry I don't have more details because I immediately shut down the laptop, pulled the AC cord and removed the battery.  Rebuilding and rebooting successful.

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Hello and Welcome to Malwarebytes...

As you stated since you don't have more details its really hard for us to determine if something actually got through especially a ransomeware as you stated.  By the sounds of it, it sounds as if it was one of those fake scam popups, like the ones below, does that look familiar?

Similar to these ?

MalwareScam.wmv

MalwareScam-1.wmv

MalwareScam-2.wmv

MalwareScam-3.wmv

MalwareScam-4.wmv

MalwareScam-5.wmv

MalwareScam-6.wmv

NOTE: Thanks to @David H. Lipman for the videos.

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On ‎9‎/‎28‎/‎2016 at 10:52 AM, Firefox said:
On ‎9‎/‎28‎/‎2016 at 10:50 AM, Aura said:
On ‎9‎/‎28‎/‎2016 at 10:50 AM, Aura said:

Hi larryrutt :)

Did you get that error message while browsing the web?

 

Hi larryrutt :)

Did you get that error message while browsing the web?

Yes, but I don't recall what the item was.

Hello and Welcome to Malwarebytes...

As you stated since you don't have more details its really hard for us to determine if something actually got through especially a ransomeware as you stated.  By the sounds of it, it sounds as if it was one of those fake scam popups, like the ones below, does that look familiar?

Similar to these ?

MalwareScam.wmv

MalwareScam-1.wmv

MalwareScam-2.wmv

MalwareScam-3.wmv

MalwareScam-4.wmv

MalwareScam-5.wmv

MalwareScam-6.wmv

NOTE: Thanks to @David H. Lipman for the videos.

 

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This is just a fake error, asking you to call a phone number that will sell you fake technical support. You can safely ignore it. You've been hit by malvertising, which is quite common.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvertising
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/#entry3897161

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