A client called because his Safari browser as stuck in a website saying he had a computer error and must call the provided 800 number. This is what it looked like;
I took a look at website that was producing the fake BSOD Error screen and even after clicking through the “OK and “Leave Page” buttons. The background image continued to be displayed, but now with an annoying double “beep”!
Even when Safari was turned off with the “Quit” menu pick, and started up again, it came back to this stuck page.
The fix is easy enough. Close the window or close the tab. Close the window by clicking the red button in the upper left corner in the frame of the webpage window. Or if the browser window has multiple tabs in it, click the “X” on the tab label.
Ransom-ware is like slight-of-hand magic. It creates the illusion of great power, but mostly it is misdirection. And in this case it is annoying, but clever, manipulation of you browser.The debugging tools in Safari exposes the coding of this website. The code includes a sound file that the page code runs in a continuous loop, not dissimilar to a skipping needle on an old turntable. The good news is that it is even less dangerous than a skipping record because it doesn’t damage anything… except your peace of mind…
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Now that you understand that this is misdirection, you may wonder what “BSOD Error 333” stands for. BSOD is the abbreviation for “Blue Screen Of Death”, an “Microsoft Windows” only problem. If nothing else, this shows how the scammers are using the fear generated by decades of Windows vulnerabilities, to legitimize the fear that all OS are easy to break into. As I have written previously, Microsoft created their problems, because the hackers weren’t smart enough to do so on their own.
I am also including a link to an Apple Tech Discussion post that goes into too much detail about fixing and stopping these “magic” tricks. (Not that you should bother to learn or try these fixes.)
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This is what the website coding looks like.