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Windows 10 security: Are ads in Microsoft's own apps pushing fake malware alerts?


Microsoft flaws were hackers' target of choice in 2018But one simple thing could help stop the vast majority of these attacks, say researchers.


The example Ghacks noticed claims that a PC is infected with multiple viruses and contains a warning that "personal and banking information is at risk".


Both types of fraudulent ads encourage the user to click the button and either give up their data or download unwanted software.


A Latvian national was jailed last year for a similar scam targeting users initially through a US news website.


The ads led to fraudulent websites that would install scareware on victims' computers, displaying fake Windows support pop-ups and messages aimed at convincing people to buy antivirus.


The fraudulent ads in this case aren't examples of locally installed scareware, which Microsoft has attempted to address with a Windows Defender policy introduced last year to tackle free versions of program that claim to find errors on a computer and then scare victims into buying the premium version.






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