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This one makes me tired. Not your fault. I was getting two such calls a week for a while. When I am busy, I hang up on them early in the call. But when I am bored, I like to play games with them and see how far I can go.

They typically tell me they are with "Windows Support" and I typically hang up with them immediately. But when I let them go on they tell me my Windows machine is spamming the internet, etc., and that they can fix it. Since I normally run Linux, it is unlikely that my Windows machine is doing anything of the kind. I usually tell them that I am running 12 machines at this location (I do not always use the same number) and ask what the IP address of the offending machine might be so we can address the problem. Well, some of them do not even know what an IP address is. One got a little closer by saying it was which was a good guess, but not correct. And it did not matter because that was on the wrong side of my router and IP addresses of that kind are not routable. So I complained that was not my IP address and they should find out the real user of that IP address. Good luck with that.

One time they said they could fix my machine remotely if I would log into some URL, so I did, and it wanted to download some .exe file, so I did that (since .exe files do not run in Linux). They had a lot of trouble getting into my machine; i.e., they could not do it. Do not try this on a Windows machine or they could take over your machine and you would really regret it.

Here is another approach, if you have the resources to do it (a little bad langage in it):


Regarding the phone call, your post is somewhat reassuring. My fear was that they had gotten my phone number via hacking my system on the internet. It seemed like a good bet after being hit with the pop ups that threw out the same type of scan. Your post seems to indicate they just randomly call phone numbers to see who'll bite. Odds are good they'll find someone with Windows.

Regarding the pop-ups, I shut down my computer and then started fresh the next morning. Windows Defender said it had caught a few trojans. ...And then it started up again! Arghh!!! I wish someone could tell me if there was a truly effective anti-virus/trojan program out there. I have a couple of free ones, but you get what you pay for...
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