Beware of emails offering to upgrade your Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 operating system to Microsoft Windows 10. First and foremost Microsoft is not offering the upgrade via email. The upgrade will either be downloaded automatically or you can download it from the Microsoft Download center.
The email may look something like this.
The email appears to be coming from Microsoft, but if you look closely at the content of the email you will find multiple misspellings and grammatical errors. If you click on the link provided inside of the email it has been hijacking computers and installing ransomware. You may get a screen similar to the one below demanding payment to unlock your files.
If you fall victim to this attack the experts are saying do not pay the ransom, but wipe your computer clean and restore your computer and files from backup.
I recommend you backup your system regularly and keep the backup safely stored off of the computer.
So if you receive an email from Microsoft offering to upgrade your computer for free to Windows 10 I recommend you delete it immediately.
Until next time … RIDE SAFE!
For more Windows 10 articles, see the following posts from Interface Technical Training:
- Windows 10 DVD Player Released by Rick Trader
- Where did my Windows Media Center go and what’s new in Windows 10? by Rick Trader
- Performing a Windows 10 Clean Installation using Windows 10 Upgrade Media by Rick Trader
- How to create Windows 10 Alternate Upgrade Media by Rick Trader
- Is the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification Malware? By Mike Danseglio
- Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals – Free eBook from Microsoft
- Windows 10 – Exploring Security by Steve Fullmer
- Windows 10 – “Recommended” Update enables Get Win 10 capabilities by Steve Fullmer
- How to Install the Latest Windows Update Agent by Steve Fullmer
- Windows 10 – First Look by Steve Fullmer