Just come off a support call with a McAfee tech support engineer - I've recently (past couple of weeks) been getting desktop pop ups supposedly from McAfee offering me GBP40 cashback on subscriptions. He seemed to think I would have seen an option to dismiss these pop ups, however, the only option I had was to click "OK" and then be taken to a McAfee promo website. Looks very much like phishing to me but I can't be sure, has anyone else suddenly started getting these?
If it's McAfee pushing these out, I'd be very surprised - surely the best way to create suspicion and worry in the consumer's mind is to start putting random pop ups on people's desktops?
They could also be being offered by your ISP or computer maker.
Another thought: go to Control Panel > Programs and Feeatures and look for an entry called McAfee Security Scan Plus. It's an advertising tool that downloads optionally with 3rd party products (Adobe - anything, for example). If found uninstall it.
I doubt SSP has anything to do with this. The poster says the pop-up offers "GBP40 cashback on subscriptions". That means that this has geo-location built into it, and i don't think SSP is as sophisticated as that. Now, if it were offering a US-dollar incentive, that might fit the SSP theory.
The messages may well be fake, given the absence of any way of dismissing the pop-ups, and the "McAfee page" could be a phishing page. Can't really say without knowing what the domain address is, and this is where WOT, McAfee Secure, and browser plug-ins such as "IP Address and Domain Information" come in useful.
True, thanks Hayton.
Jonatha Swift wrote:
Just come off a support call with a McAfee tech support engineer -
Please post back the Ticket number or Service Request number that you received from Tech Support Engineer so that I can investigate from my end.
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