In addition to being scared into downloading fake AV software, the unaware are now being pressured into purchasing fake disk maintenance software for $79.50. Malware is loaded on your computer, typically from a poisoned web site, which begins to display false warnings such as “error occurred while reading system files”.
To make the ruse more real the malware begins to hide files, icons and shortcuts. The longer you try to ignore it, the more pop-ups you’re going to get. Eventually a fake Drive Recovery program called “Windows Recovery” is allegedly launched and seems to uncover the problems with your drive and for the $79.50 offers to fix the mess.
If you encounter this scam, run your AV software or Malwarebytes.
Remember, browsing and reading email without administrative rights can often keep malware from being able to modify your system and you may be lucky and get away with just a re-boot. If you have legacy applications which require Admin rights, contact us and we can help you transparently work with restricted rights except when necessary to use your legacy apps.