For some long time now, scammers have been calling or displaying a popup message on PCs with the threat that their computer access will be restricted if they don’t call a number and make a payment. According to the New York Times, this official looking message has been traced to a scam operation in Mumbai, India – which is the main hub for call centers. Real tech support people are moonlighting with this scam. Microsoft says that 20% of users actually call the number, and 6% actually give them money through a credit card, along with giving them remote access to their computer. And that’s when the real malware gets installed. Thankfully police have shut down many of these operations in recent days.
Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-founder and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, died Monday afternoon from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65 years old. Paul Allen was a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He helped changed the world of technology through Microsoft before stepping down in 1983. He later went on to invest in various things such as sports teams, startups, just to name a few. He will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten.
After numerous complaints that users were having all their files deleted during upgrading, Microsoft has pulled their Fall 1809 Windows 10 update and recommends to users who have lost files to use Recuva to get them back (but only in some cases). This is a similar issue that has plagued their 1803 update last Spring. Another issue is that your profile may get deleted as well! So it is really a serious issue and Microsoft was wise to pull it back. But it is baffling that since millions of users are part of the Windows 10 beta test, how this could happen without Microsoft seeing it coming. ??????