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Windows 10 Ransomware

Windows 10 was released last month as a free upgrade for any device running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out fake emails impersonating Microsoft. The email contains an attachment, which once installed on your computer will lock your files until you pay a ransom.

This video shows a demonstration of the Ransomware being installed and the consequences.

This email has a message at the bottom saying "This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, and is believed to be clean." This is a trick that the sender has done by adding this message to the end of the email to make users think that this email has been scanned and that it is safe.


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There are a few ways to spot that an email like this is a fake. Firstly Microsoft would not send out an email to a downloadable attachment to download their Windows 10 upgrade. The Windows 10 upgrade is installed via a Microsoft update or via the popup that appears in the bottom right of you computer.

Second if you look at the screenshot you can see that there a numerous spelling mistakes. If you receive an email from Microsoft that has spelling mistakes it is highly likely that it is going to be fake.

If you do receive this email, please delete it without opening the attachment and your computer will not be harmed.

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