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Beware of Malware Disguised as Pop-Up Upgrades

You probably are already on guard for suspicious email messages that could be phishing scams. Now hackers are starting to spread malware via another means—through the use of pop-up windows. Often these malware pop-ups will just appear when you are surfing the web.


If a pop-up randomly appears prompting you to upgrade your web browser or other software, ask yourself the following: Does the message make sense? Are there misspellings? Do the graphics appear to be a little off?


If you notice anything suspicious, don't click on the pop-up. Instead, save your work, close the browser, and restart your computer. For more details on malware pop-ups, see an article on The Next Web site and on the eWeek site.


As always, it's important to make sure that you have antivirus software protection. Remember that as a Temple student, faculty, or staff member, you can purchase Symantec Endpoint Protection for your home computer for only $8.00.


If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp web site at or call 215-204-8000.

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