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Windows 10 scam (updated)

posted Aug 3, 2015, 1:11 PM by Craig Cox   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 1:14 PM ]
If you want to download Windows 10 through some means other than the notification in your system tray,  Microsoft offers some download links.  The process is documented here.

Do not accept a Windows 10 download that is sent via email.  There is a "ransomware" scam circulating that pretends to be the Windows 10 update, but in fact is encrypting files while it's supposedly updating.  Once it locks all your files, it asks for money to decrypt them.  Update:  Cisco Blogs provides a detailed analysis of the phish email, as well as some more technical detail of the ransomware.

Backing up your files before starting the upgrade will protect them, both from ransomware scams and from updates that mysteriously fail.  Have you seen this month's OUCH! Newsletter, on the topic of backups?