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Skype — “Windows Requires Immediate Attention”.. Not!

Folks, after a quiet period, cyber-crooks are once again using Skype to send phishing “chats” in an attempt to defraud you. So, I am reposting this article. It is the exact same ruse, but the name has changed. It will reappear every so often with a slightly different name and URL…

Yesterday a “chat” window (Skype) opened on my machine, and presented me with a dire warning from someone named “Software Update” “Registry Scan Online®”. It said that “WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION” and, it provided me with a solution.  SkypeCon

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Please, folks, tell me you have spotted this for what it is. Please tell me that you knew –instantly– that this is a cyber-crime attempt; that it is Phraud-ulent.

Please tell me that you know what will happen if the link provided in this message is clicked; and, please, please, please tell me you would never click the link.

Just in case you aren’t sure:
* “Software Update” “Registry Scan Online ®” doesn’t exist.
*http://www.onlinemonitor.info” “www.registryscan.com” is not registered in ARIN (the registry of Internet addresses).
* clicking the link will allow scripts to run, and/or take you to a poisoned Website which will install malware on your machine, or/and it may take you to a site that will sell you a rogue anti-spyware program (please read my article, Is that antispyware program really spyware).
* Microsoft DOES NOT alert you via Instant Messaging. No legitimate company does. Period. Ever. This is a classic example of a hacker’s attempt to get you to click their link.

All of this so they can rip you off. It’s their full time job.

Please point your less-savvy friends and family to this article and educate them to the dangers of spam (unsolicited) messages and tell them– NEVER CLICK THE LINK.
[Note: while this article directly references the VoIP client Skype, you may see this type of thing in other Instant Messaging/Chat programs.]

[addenda: Peter Parkes (Skype Blogger) wrote and asked me to remind my readers to, quote, “Please report users who send these messages to abuse@skype.net – that will help us to block them where appropriate.”]

Today’s free link(s): I have assembled on my Website a collection of links to the best free anti-malware programs to help you prevent infection.. and clean up if you’ve been infected. To see them, click here.

Also, Bill Mullins has posted a very complete tutorial, Think You Have A Virus?– Some Solutions, which is quite probably the best one-stop lesson on malware I have ever run across. (I also recommend his How Fake/Rogue Software Affects Real People.)

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September 12, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, how to, IM, Internet scam, PC, Phishing, phraud, security, tech, VoIP, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] Go to the author’s original blog: Skype — "Windows Requires Immediate Attention".. Not! […]

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  3. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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    Comment by sandrar | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. Why can’t I delete these phishing messages? “Clear all chats” has no effect on the Windows messages.

    (And here’s something that tipped ME off to the scam… I’m using a Mac!)

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    Comment by Mo | November 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Mo,
      Are you referring to your History?

      I simply click on “Block this sender”, then, “Report abuse from this sender”, and close the window…
      If it continues to show as an un-responded-to message (say, on another instance of Skype running on a different machine) I right click on the tab and then click “Mark all messages as read”.

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      Comment by techpaul | November 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. They’re back! Just got a similar message, this time the site is www(dot)updatexm(dot)com/

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    Comment by svarog | January 26, 2011 | Reply

    • svarog,
      Those of us who need to keep our profiles “public” will being seeing these quite a bit… sadly.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 26, 2011 | Reply


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