Phishing Alert: Beware of Malicious Windows 10 Upgrade Emails

As has been reported in the past, malware authors and cyber criminals are very quick to mine trending topics over the Internet in order to trick people and infect their machines. Windows 10 has been making waves over the web off late with every Windows user curious to see what the fuss is all about. And inevitably, malware authors have jumped on the bandwagon too and are coming up with ways to take advantage of unsuspecting users to infect their machines.

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Windows 10 was officially released on July 29th 2015 but there were several people who had to wait in ‘line’ to get their updated OS version. This led to a lot of impatience and a few cases where victims fell for malicious emails that claimed to offer the Windows 10 update immediately.

The trick used by malware authors is very simple. They just create a fake email that looks and sounds as though it’s coming from Microsoft. The subject line of these emails is something like – “Get Your Windows 10 Update” or “Windows 10 Update For FREE”. These mails target people who are either waiting for their Windows OS to be upgraded, or people who have not signed up for the upgrade at all.

The emails contain some convincing information about upgrading to Windows 10 and invite victims to click on a link which supposedly initiates the download. Unfortunately, the link simply downloads and installs some form of malware on the machine and this leads to further complications for the unsuspecting victim. The downloaded malware can be strains of ransomware that lock the system and demand payment, or spyware that collects and sends information or any other form of unwanted software on the system.

We urge our users to be aware and cautious about such emails (and other forms of communication like SMS’s or social media posts) regarding Windows 10. It is also crucial to remember that Windows 10 is free only for those who are using licensed versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. For more information on Windows 10 and how to upgrade to it, this official FAQs page from Microsoft is the most reliable source for information.

We would also like to remind our users that Quick Heal products are compatible with the Windows 10 OS. If your Quick Heal product is updated to the latest version and the virus database is updated as well, then the product will work with Windows 10. In case of any help regarding this upgrade, you can also visit our Support Center.

Rahul Thadani

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deji obatayo
deji obatayo
5 years ago

Many thanks for this publication.

I am a victim of this already as Quick heal is detecting the ransomware already .

What can i do now please ,i have noticed that my computer have been very slow and have been having issues opening some files.

Please come to my aid.

regards deji

Avinash Singhania
Avinash Singhania
5 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

Thanku

mukesh jha
mukesh jha
5 years ago

i m ready this works

saurabh singh
saurabh singh
5 years ago

like it

@nnrahbar
@nnrahbar
5 years ago

Thanks a lot for you dear Rahul Thadani. 🙂

ajay
ajay
5 years ago

ok

sudhansu
sudhansu
5 years ago

how could we know that
Whether that mail is originally from microsoft or any other.

Anand nabum
Anand nabum
5 years ago

not good

Nargish Parvin
Nargish Parvin
5 years ago

need update windows 10

Nargish Parvin
Nargish Parvin
5 years ago

ok very good

vikas
vikas
5 years ago

VERY GOOOD

doyel ghosh
doyel ghosh
5 years ago

i want to upgrat 10

anjay shukla
anjay shukla
5 years ago

good

Shibaram Bar
Shibaram Bar
5 years ago

good

BIJOY GHOSH
BIJOY GHOSH
5 years ago

My quick heal virus database is up to 4th august 2015. Will my OS windows 8.1 will be upgraded to windows 10 without any problem.

Ashok Patil
Ashok Patil
5 years ago

Dear Sir,

Thanks for the useful & important information.

Yesterday I have reserved the updation through the mail & after reading the FAQ,
I want to know whether it was the real Microsoft mail of any false mail I do not know.
Also I want to update the Quick heal software to suit Windows 10 ,Advice me regarding updation of Quick Heal.

Thanks & kind Regards
Ashok Patil

Satyam
Satyam
5 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

Hi.
I want my windows 8 to be upgraded to windows 10…..
but I am not getting it….from where may I get the update of windows 10…..

b.subbarao
b.subbarao
5 years ago

good

b.subbarao
b.subbarao
5 years ago

very good

Nagaraj
Nagaraj
5 years ago

A very useful information .

PRANIT PRADHAN
PRANIT PRADHAN
5 years ago

I’ve reserved Windows 10 version as I got ‘Get Win 10’ icon on my PCs system tray and then after I downloaded all the stuffs as I was notified but till now my PC isn’t upgraded with the latest Win 10 version and running with the same Win 8.1 version and now it keep asking to restart and update my PC every time as I done it for many times but still nothing happened. Any suggestion please…. Thank You……….

SANTOSH KUMAR SINGH
SANTOSH KUMAR SINGH
5 years ago

thanks a lot

Reyaz Ahmad
Reyaz Ahmad
5 years ago

Sir,
I have installed quickheal in April 2015. But my system has made some duplicate files. what to do now.

yours etc

Reyaz

pratik
pratik
5 years ago

dear sir
how can i get windows 10 updates

naresh vaidya
naresh vaidya
5 years ago

presently i am running window 7 ultimate. i have got an icon for windows 10 upgrade and waiting for their notification. after upgrading from windows 7 to 10; will quick heal work on my laptop. i am daily getting quickheal auto updates.

poshiya mitul
poshiya mitul
5 years ago

i like it
very good
thanks ….

P K RAJAN
P K RAJAN
5 years ago

Hi,

I am a user of your Guardian Anti Virus Software to my Computer at Home.

Recently I have installed Automatic Backup Software from http://www.skyvault360.com when I have seen their advertisement in Facebook. Now it is one month free and afterwards they will charge me around $50 for One year use. Please let me know whether this Software is a valid one and risk-free.

Thanks & Regards.

P K Rajan

Joy Ch Boruah
Joy Ch Boruah
5 years ago

Hi,,

I reserved Get windows 10 by using Icon Get windows 10, and after some day’s my Laptop OS was Recovery installed then hide the Icon , how can i find the upgrade information?

Vivek Hattangadi
Vivek Hattangadi
5 years ago

Thank you – we are grateful for this caution

RAMESH KUMAR RAMAN
RAMESH KUMAR RAMAN
5 years ago

MY COMPUTER IS ALSO SLOW

rahul kumar
rahul kumar
5 years ago

please tell me that my windows will be upgread

Mr.Komal Singh
Mr.Komal Singh
5 years ago

very very good

Kamil Solanki
Kamil Solanki
5 years ago

how can i update windows 10
i want to know details more about windows 10
please advise me on my E-mail

Jit Biswas
Jit Biswas
5 years ago

Many many thanks for this post

Madan
Madan
5 years ago

I have Quick heal Internet secuirity 14.00 in my machine kindly advise how to upgrade it to version 16.00

Pradeep
Pradeep
5 years ago

Hi

Please help me to remove recycle.bin & system volume information folder from my PC, Pen-drive & Hard-disk.

regards

jay
jay
5 years ago

sometimes my laptop automatic types (****************************)without touching the keyboard also,why this is happening and how to solve this.
Plz help.

BHAGIRATH SINGH
BHAGIRATH SINGH
5 years ago

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PUBLISHING THIS IMPORTANT NEWS.

Naba Gopal Sinha
Naba Gopal Sinha
5 years ago

I got windows 10 to be installed but something obstructs that leads to non-installation.What I am to do tel pl.

Ar. Manish G.
Ar. Manish G.
5 years ago

Hi,
There is a missing point in above article about knowing the genuine process of knowing the system of receiving notification.
I have registered for Windows 10 quite before, but didn’t go the notification yet. So, please tell us how to know whether the notification has come from Windows people.
Shall it blink beside windows registration icon? Because Windows 10 doesn’t know our e-mail ID..!

Naba Gopal Sinha
Naba Gopal Sinha
5 years ago

My time has come to download windows 10 in my PC windows 7 ultimate but whenever I try to install it something behind obstructs that leads to non-installation.Help me pl.in downloading the same through providing your updated software.

Abhishek Yadav
Abhishek Yadav
5 years ago

Dear sir,
My self Abhishek , wannat to help of your on my computer become very slow since two weeeks though i have already installed Guardian Antivirus on my computer HP G4.

TS Yadav
TS Yadav
5 years ago

sir

after upgradation from window 8 to window 10, should i unisntall my anti virus and again reinstall it.

Ehsan
Ehsan
5 years ago

Hello

sir

Those people who have previous windows genuine will only get windows 10 free updates.

Tomichen Mathew
Tomichen Mathew
5 years ago

Thankyou

pritam kumar
pritam kumar
5 years ago

GooD

shivam sahu
shivam sahu
5 years ago

ok

akki
akki
5 years ago

i like it

pralayankar goswami
pralayankar goswami
5 years ago

I just installed windows 10 in my laptop. but there is a problems to opening some setup files. Now What can I do to open those files. Kindly help me.

jyotvardhini
jyotvardhini
5 years ago

I am nt able to delete dltemp kind of file from my memory card using quick heal anti virus total security.
help:(

SAYEED AHMAD
SAYEED AHMAD
5 years ago

Hi

Please help me to remove recycle.bin & system volume information folder from my PC, Pen-drive & Hard-disk.

regards
SAYEED AHMAD

vijay
vijay
5 years ago

my quickheal pro antivirus are not going to update

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