With all the excitement about Microsoft Windows 10 being a FREE update, some people signed up for the “Get Windows 10” promotion as prompted in their taskbar, to be put on a waiting list. So it’s not surprising that when an email comes in that looks legit, that someone might follow the link and attempt to install it.
Unfortunately for them, a form of malware called “RansomWare” is being deployed via the zip file included in the email – if their anti-virus doesn’t strip it out, they may actually fall for it as it is very convincing as the email appears to come from Microsoft.
From: Microsoft <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Upgrade to Windows 10 for free
Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use. It includes an improved Start menu and is designed to startup and resume fast. it’s packed with new innovations including Microsoft Edge – an all-new browser. Your personal files and apps you’ve installed will all be waiting for you. We’ve designed the upgrade to be easy and compatible with the hardware and software you already use.
Don’t miss out as this free offer won’t last forever. Upgrade today. Follow the attached installer and get started.
Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8? You will love Windows 10!
If you are an individual, you are now warned and won’t do that, but what about companies who have many computers?
KnowBe4 has crafted the following email that they suggest system administrators of businesses send to their end users:
“Microsoft is in the process of releasing their new Windows 10 Operating System. This is an upgrade that you do not pay for, promises to fix problems with earlier versions, and claims to be more secure. They plan to upgrade a billion personal computers, causing inevitable confusion among PC users.
“Bad guys are trying to exploit this confusion. You might get calls from scammers that claim to be Microsoft tech support and try to charge you for the upgrade using your credit card.
“Be very careful with any email claiming to be from Microsoft about “your Windows 10 Upgrade”. Make sure that any links in the email really go to Microsoft. Better yet, do not click on any link or open any attachment, but go to the Microsoft website for more information.” Here is the link:
As always, should you have questions or need assistance with this or any other Microsoft or Network Security issue, or want to know if Windows 10 is right for you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can reach us at 864-990-4748.