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December 7, 2011 7:26 AM Subscribe
How should I best amuse myself at the expense of fake tech support scammers?
posted by flabdablet to Computers & Internet (40 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
They've been working my town for the last few months and they finally got around to calling my phone this evening. So I played dumb and let them walk me through finding warnings (onoz!) and errors (ZOMG!) in the Windows Event Viewer, then let them open a LogMeIn Rescue session to "fix" my "viruses" - all on a slow and unresponsive virtual Windows box with nowhere near enough RAM or CPU time allocated ("yeah, this computer's pretty slow, I've had it for about ten years"). After watching them fail to make any real progress for a highly entertaining hour or so I cut their session off, claiming I had to go to bed; they rang back, and I've promised not to use the computer until they call back on Saturday morning.
It was a lot of fun working the other side of the tech-support-vs-naive-user conversation, and it was even more fun watching them tangle with Internet Explorer 8's in-your-face first-run pop-ups and new tabs at grindingly low speed ("yeah, it's been really slow lately, specially since I let my nephew try to fix it") and now I'm looking for truly inspired ways to cause them pain and suffering when next they call.
Apart from reverting the VM state every time they get me to restart it, what should I do to them? Anybody know of a good source for particularly irritating adware I could preload? Anything that makes it take longer for them to get their fake AV product going would be great.