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Got a Skype PC call directing me to

September 27, 2011 at 15:17:27
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i5/4 gigs
Today while on my laptop, I received a Skype computer call from an unknown caller with a recorded message saying that an infection has been detected in my PC and to immediately go online to and follow the instructions for how to fix this infection.

I thought this very odd, and did NOT go to, and I blocked & reported the unknown caller to Skype.

What on earth was this call all about? Is this the latest method in getting consumers to fall for clicking on a virus?

Thanks in advance.

Kristina from AZ

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September 27, 2011 at 15:57:59
This appears to be some form of SCAM. It certainly isn't legitimate.
The scanning of your computer for malware and the communication to a website of results requires software that is not a part of Windows. There are legitimate on-line virus scanners that will provide software to do this. However, any legitimate organization would only do this with your knowledge and consent. Therefore this cannot be legitimate. It is highly probable that the originator of the call has no idea if your computer has a virus infection.

Same applies for any call or website that informs you of supposed computer problems.

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September 27, 2011 at 16:04:16
Thank you! That's what I thought. I did a little more digging and found this blog on the site re: vishing -- this is exactly what went down with me today:

Fortunately I'm a skeptical one so I didn't fall for it. Just got a new laptop after the Trojan Horse virus totally jacked up my desktop PC -- good grief, that would have sucked!!

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October 1, 2011 at 14:56:10
Consider setting Skype to only accept calls from folk on your contacts list.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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