Nikorj wrote: Welcome back Dutch
Microsoft themselves will never call you if your pc gets hacked or if it get's infected with a virus.
You would be surprised how many people in Canada and US fall for this scam, they even call people with no computers and with MAC users why the F..... would Microsoft ask you to pay them using gift cards, makes no bloody sense. BUT people fall for this, especially those who are not familiar with computers. Then there is the issue of a lot of FAKE antivirus circulating online, you install it and it scans your computer and tells you that you have infections that need to be removed, obviously this is complete and utter bollocks, only to make you BUY their fake crap and spend money for nothing.
Windows defender have actually become a pretty decent malware protector with windows 10 (almost too aggressive
This is debatable - YES they have become better over the years, but they still fall short in detection rate - I've done a few tests of my own. Unfortunately 100% detection is impossible, some AV claim 100% detection but in reality what it means is that they recognise 100% of the viruses in the wild, known viruses, but these 100% detection rates are subject to vary month to month - I found that Avira Pro has a higher detection rate than Defender, but both defender and avira can fall short on non virus malware detection, which is why I use both Avira Pro and Malwarebytes Premium side by side, they both work fine and provide virus, malware, trojan, spyware, all in one, and defender's interface is rubbish, the level of control is BASIC compared to a paid AV. Defender alone might be enough for some people but depending on the sites you visit, you may need extra protection, especially people who are on PTC sites, GPT sites, do offers and are exposed to 3rd party ads and redirects, you need that extra layer of protection.
Make sure to scan your pc once in a while, And never!! click any links in your emails and add any form of private information including details of your credit card.
In Canada we get the infamous Microsoft scam calls, and the IRS calls to warn us that we owe taxes and to pay the IRS with Walmart gift cards
or that we are most wanted by FBI and that we need to pay $400 to settle............it's really quite a shame that people fall for this - there are probably many legit survey companies calling over the phone or telemarketers that are probably getting a rough time now because of all the scammers, people are not trusting anything done over the phone, legit or not, it's amazing how many calls I get, on a daily basis, the latest call I had was an astrologer who wanted to read my future, a week ago I owed money to the IRS, and a week before, to the CRA lol - Amazing how Canada's revenue agency accepts payments in gift cards, amazing
I hope nobody here on this forum is doing this kind of scamming, it's understandable that some people take desperate measures to make money and support themselves, but it should not be at the cost of destroying lives of vulnerable people - because scammers target the poor and vulnerable, not the rich class