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  1. Thanks, Britt. I hope my story will help others learn to pull the plug if that’s what it takes to get rid of the screen. I’d been told “Alt-F4” – but that didn’t work this time. Pulling the plug (removing power from the computer) is the way to go.

  2. I see this everyday in my work and it’s not really ransomware it is just a pop up faking ransomware. Makes me angry that they get away with this scamming

  3. That really sucks.

    While I realize this may seem like an inappropriate time to advertise, please, if you experience anything like this when using your computer, don’t hesitate to contact me Private DeTECHtive

    I am more than happy to listen and assess the situation.

  4. Had that exact one take over my screen the other day also! It sure is aggressive and tricky to remove from the screen. It’s pretty convincing though, and I can see how easily people can be duped.

    • Ctrl Alt Del and closing your browser would end it. Then a browser cleanup and running Junkware Removal tool and ADW Cleaner would help you out. If you let someone into your computer that isn’t trustworthy, you will likely need much more.

  5. I don’t really like that you appear to blame your handling of this on being a senior. Makes it look like seniors are all gullible. This could have happened to anyone at any age, and in fact it appears you have better than average knowledge about computer systems. These scammers are very convincing, so don’t blame yourself for this.

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