The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued several phony tech support companies that often lure people to their websites with pop-up ads or web searches. Here are some tips to avoid these scams:
(1) do not give control of your computer to someone who says they need to activate software or to someone who calls you out of the blue claiming to be from tech support;
(2) never provide your credit card information, financial information, or passwords to someone who claims to be from tech support; and
(3) learn how to protect your computer from malware.
If you think you may be a victim of a tech support scam, let the FTC know at its website. (Google FTC)