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Fake Computer Virus Alerts Reported (4/6/17)

Recently the Information Security Office has seen an increase in “fake virus” alerts on VCU devices. Currently, the malware seems to be coming from a Google Chrome extension that is being installed without the knowledge of the person using the computer. After installation, it has been witnessed that a pop-up alert will come on screen and an audio track with a synthesized voice will play alerting the user that they have been infected with a virus. The pop-up will also ask the user to contact support with a given phone number for remediation.

If you see this on your screen, immediately contact your local departmental or school IT support representative or contact the IT Support Center at itsc@vcu.edu or 804-828-2227

Posted by Samuel Kennedy on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 11:42 am

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