I just got another call from the “Windows Company”. Apparently, I had downloaded a virus. Here’s what happened:
- The guy got me to close all windows. I didn’t, but told him I had.
- He asked me what icons I had on the desk top. I told him there were two: My Computer and the Home folder.
- He asked me what browser I was running. I told him Firefox.
- He asked me to open it. I opened a new tab.
- He asked me to enter http://www.supremocontrol.com. I searched it, saw that it was a site hosting remote control software, and went to the site.
- He asked me to hit the orange Download button. I did.
- He asked me to click on the browser’s download arrow. I did.
- He asked me to double click on the file supremo.exe. I did.
- He asked me what came up, and I told him a dialog box that said supremo.exe.
- He asked me to hit the run button. I told him there wasn’t one, only an Extract button.
- At this point, he said “you know I will kill you”.
- “That’s not very nice,” I replied, and hung up.
Some fun facts:
- The company that makes Windows is called Microsoft, not “The Windows Company”.
- I gave him many clues to the fact that I was running Linux, including the fact that the SupRemo website thought I was running either iOS or Android.
- I can safely double click on any .exe, even malware, because I run Linux. Don’t try this if you run Windows. SupRemo seems to be a legit product, but a scammer could try to get you to install actual malware.
I am happy to have wasted ten minutes of a scammer’s time. Please join me in this fun and useful pursuit. Scammers beware, we know what you’re doing, and we will troll your asses!