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Windows 7: Windows Security popup question.

24 Aug 2014   #11
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There are some attacks on webpages that will steal your windows password using this method. It does appear to be a legit windows prompt however. Having said that, I would hit cancel. Anything unexpected should be closed out of.


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24 Aug 2014   #12
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I try to use CTL+F4 first. I never click anywhere on a pop-up I don't recognize or trust. There are scripts that can run if you click on cancel, X, or anywhere on the image. This is how some malware gets loaded. What may seem to be a button to refuse an offer or to close the pop-up could install software.
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24 Aug 2014   #13
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
There are some attacks on webpages that will steal your windows password using this method. It does appear to be a legit windows prompt however. Having said that, I would hit cancel. Anything unexpected should be closed out of.
Yep, that was my first thought, did cancel and always do close out if anything unexpected comes up. I have to cancel or kill in task manager anyway as I have no windows password, lol.
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24 Aug 2014   #14
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
I try to use CTL+F4 first. I never click anywhere on a pop-up I don't recognize or trust. There are scripts that can run if you click on cancel, X, or anywhere on the image. This is how some malware gets loaded. What may seem to be a button to refuse an offer or to close the pop-up could install software.
Do you mean Alt+F4?
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24 Aug 2014   #15
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

No.
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24 Aug 2014   #16
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
I try to use CTL+F4 first. I never click anywhere on a pop-up I don't recognize or trust. There are scripts that can run if you click on cancel, X, or anywhere on the image. This is how some malware gets loaded. What may seem to be a button to refuse an offer or to close the pop-up could install software.
Very true. Ctrl + f4 does nothing though in my experience...only alt + f4

What does that do differently?
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24 Aug 2014   #17
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

It closes the tab for me but I use IE. It really doesn't matter. Use what works for you. The important part is to close the modal or window without clicking on it.

I just checked. ALT+F4 for me wants to close everything.
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24 Aug 2014   #18
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

ALT+F4: Quit program

ALT+F4: Closes the current window

CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window

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24 Aug 2014   #19
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
It closes the tab for me but I use IE. It really doesn't matter. Use what works for you. The important part is to close the modal or window without clicking on it.

I just checked. ALT+F4 for me wants to close everything.

alt +f4 closes programs the same way as the interface does, so It really does not help much imho.
Scripts will still run.

The best way (imo) is task manager and right click go to process and force quit the process.

But I cannot expect an average user to be able to do that, so by that point it's usually too late anyway.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
ALT+F4: Quit program

ALT+F4: Closes the current window

CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window

A Guy
Great info
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