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Are you a victim of Internet fraud?

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - We've all seen them, pop-up messages telling you your computer is infected with a virus, and According to the FBI it's one of the fastest growing types of Internet fraud today. It's called "scareware" because the thefts are trying to scare you into thinking your computer has a virus. But before you click out of the pop-up, know these few things. "You can even click on the 'x' to close out the window and that still activates the product and it spreads to your computer very quickly." Lead Technician at cat-man-du Jeremy Hollis said. "The worst thing you can do is click 'OK'"

Once you do click on those pop-ups, the virus has immediately infected your computer. "If you see that pop up you're completely infected," Hollis said, "we have to go through a manual to remove it."

Once a virus has gone to your computer it can completely ruin your hard drive, and the cost to repair can be up to $200.00.

How to Spot a Potential Scareware Infection
1) Windows Update fails to run
2) Other legitimate security applications won't update.
3) Certain web site, especially Internet security sites, won't load.

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