Hijack Virus?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by OneFinger, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. OneFinger

    OneFinger Earl

    Last weekend I clicked on a link in a review to see a profile on another site. Immediately a number of pop-up windows opened and they said my computer had been taken over and gave me number to call and pay the "ransom" to get access to my files.

    I immediately shut down my computer and ran a full scan. Several "nasties" were found and cleaned. I still have access to my files and it doesn't appear my computer has been compromised. Am I safe or is something more I should do? I also backup to an external hard drive and a cloud site. I've disabled these after the warning. Is it safe to do another backup?
  2. deej

    deej Administrator

    If your virus scan says your machine is clean, it should be safe to do another backup.

    Some of these exploits don't actually infect you. They want to get your phone # when you call (which they can sell) and your credit card # (which they can charge, and then sell).
    OneFinger likes this.
  3. OneFinger

    OneFinger Earl

    Thanks for the confirmation.