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Android Users, Beware.

We’ve started seeing some almost believable malware, popping up on our Android devices. Remember never to click on ANYTHING that pops up while you’re browsing the web, no matter how much it looks like it came from your operating system or phone vendor.

We got the scary virus warning below clicking on an article on a political website TheHill.com (repeatedly, alternating with another dubious click-hole). It references a “hacking event” with yesterday’s date, and there’s even a 3 minute countdown-to-disaster timer. (HURRY! You better click NOW!) They even throw in the phone model for good measure, and it looks like it could be from Samsung, or a notice of an Android update. Yeah. Could be. But…It isn’t.

Don’t be fooled. Never click on pop ups. When in doubt, just hit BACK.

DearPCH3lp – Is Microsoft Punishing Me Again? -V01C01

#DearPCH3lp,

Windows wanted to do update so I said OK and ended up with Microsoft Edge.  What is it and did I do a bad thing? ~S in Woodstock

Dear S,

No, Microsoft isn’t punishing you for your obedience…for a change. Microsoft Edge is a worthy browser, like Google’s Chrome browser and Mozilla’s Firefox. All do the same thing…they let you type in an internet address and view the webpage. All of them just do it a little differently.

If you were already using Edge, the Internet may look a little different after the update. If you weren’t using Edge before, nothing should really change. However, if during the update you somehow switched to Edge as your ‘default browser’ (there are several scenarios where this could happen) your favorites could be missing and things could look VERY different.

If everything looks OK, I suggest trying Edge by clicking on the big, usually blue E in your start menu or task bar. You don’t have to set it as your default browser to use it!

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Hope this helped!

~ #PCH3lp💻🛠️