Call from 0102100 – Fake Microsoft Technical Support

If by chance you did a WordPress hosting UK for 0102100 and you are still on the phone to these muppets, hang up.

We have 30 sequential direct line telephone numbers and over the last few days we’ve been receiving calls from 0102100 to each DDI one by one. My employees said it was “Microsoft Technical Support” on the phone saying they had a virus or vulnerability on their computer and that they needed to install an easy patch/fix immediately. Thankfully, we have some of the top ten antivirus softwares installed across our system, all my staff are clever and spot a scam a long way off, some even suggested putting them through to our IT Department (me) which they didn’t like.

I was looking forward to them calling my DDI (I know, sad isn’t it!) so I could play along with their little charade and at the end tell them I’m on a Mac but I missed their call. Fortunately they were stupid enough to think that my voicemail was a real human and left a message which comes through to me as an email so I upload it to SoundCloud:

I was hoping to speak to them to see exactly what it was they tried to get you to install and post more detailed description here to help warn others or aid with malware removal. My guess is they send you to a https://techwitty.com.au/app-development/ URL which would be some crappy trying-to-look-like-microsoft-tech-support-domain and ask you to download an .exe which would then give them access to your machine to do as they please, perhaps cryptolocker, perhaps just a key or screen logger or just install an unnecessary PC Protection app for an annual fee.

Long story short. If you get a call from 0102100 it is FAKE, HANG UP!

https Certificate Errors Caused by Wrong Date on Macbook Air

My MacBook Air keeps losing date and time when the main battery is completely depleted. Once it’s charged back up the date and time are wrong which leads to strange behaviour with emails, web pages, apps etc

I noticed I couldn’t go to any https secure page with an error of ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID which is caused by the date of the machine differening from the ssl certifcate server.

FIX: Setting date and time back to correct values instantly fixes this.

This webpage is not available

The webpage at https://plus.google.com/?hl=en might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
Error 201 (net::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID): Unknown error.

Chrome Bug: Launching Incognito Window Loads Black Window

Just documenting a strange bug I’ve been unable to fix in Google’s Chrome browser on my Windows 7 Pro (64 bit).

If I’m in a maximised Chrome window and use the keyboard short-cut CTRL+SHIFT+N to open a new incognito (private browsing) window Chrome loads a completely black windows across both of my DELL U2414H monitors with no toolbar or address bar. The window it loads is unusable, the only thing you can do is resize it and it looks like this:

chrome bug black screen private browsing
The blank black window that loads. No toolbar, no address bar.

If you hover over the Chrome icon in the taskbar

chrome-bug-black-screen-private-browsing-2
It just shows as a new tab in the taskbar

Continue reading “Chrome Bug: Launching Incognito Window Loads Black Window”