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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 2 months 2 weeks ago #3359431

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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap

In fact, a new spam email is making the rounds and the file inside contains ransomware. If you get a Windows 10 update email in your inbox, ignore it at all costs.
According to new reports, a spam email circulating globally contains a tricky form of malware disguised as a Windows 10 update. This scam was first discovered by security researchers at Trustwave, who identified the email attachment as the infamous “Cyborg” ransomware.
When installed, this program locks your computer’s files and demands a ransom in the form of bitcoin to remove it.
Microsoft routinely releasing patches and updates for Windows 10, so an alert featuring another update might sound legitimate to casual users. The thing is, Microsoft doesn’t announce its updates via email. Hackers bank on users’ lack of knowledge to take advantage.
As previously stated, Microsoft never announces updates or provides download links through email!!
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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 2 months 2 weeks ago #3359438

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Thanks for the info...
At the moment, I use Windows 7...
I was told I need to buy a new pc....

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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 2 months 2 weeks ago #3359441

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QuietMouse01 wrote: Thanks for the info...
At the moment, I use Windows 7...
I was told I need to buy a new pc....


That's not entirely true, however, support for Windows 7 is due to end in January 2020 so no more updates, security or otherwise, after that time. Upgrading to Windows 10 is still free for Windows 7 users but your machine may not have enough grunt to be capable of doing so, it's not impossible but the payoff may not be worth the effort, that's why a lot of advisors just say go for the new machine.

You can keep using your existing machine until the cows come home, just don't expect support from Microsoft. If you want to narrow your options you can download the software to assess your machine suitability from the Microsoft site.

Upgrading to Win 10
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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 2 months 2 weeks ago #3359444

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That`s good advice, the update check will advise if the present machine is capable of running Win10..many older laptops with Win 7 can be suitable, depending of course on the hardware....do the check as suggested if says ok just proceed. will take approx an hour depending internet speed?
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I did get a window l0 update but no message via emai. Good information, thank you.

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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 2 months 2 weeks ago #3359892

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Serena77 wrote: I did get a window l0 update but no message via emai. Good information, thank you.

You're welcome, thanks for the reply.✔

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Thanks for the heads up coldfeet.

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frazzled2 wrote: Thanks for the heads up coldfeet.


Happy to help, thanks for the reply.

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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 1 month 4 days ago #3386277

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Thanks for this warning 'coldfeet'. although i'm still using W7! smile.png

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Beware: Windows 10 update email is a ransomware trap 1 month 4 days ago #3386288

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Bessie wrote: Thanks for this warning 'coldfeet'. although i'm still using W7! smile.png


So am I.wink.png
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