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I was immediately directed to a webpage branded with McAfee logos and simulated scans showing threats. At the same time, I started getting toast notifications (again branded as McAfee) stating that my PC was infected and wanting me to click to renew my subscription. Funny, I haven't used McAfee in over a decade, and never on this PC...plus, those McAfee logos look fake and the website at the bottom doesn't look legit. I just ignored it the best that I could...in between threatening notifications every 15 minutes...and got my work done.
When I reached a stopping point, I ran a quick scan of Defender which came back clear, still the threatening notifications persisted. Nothing weird in Task Manager, no new applications installed, nothing new in app data, etc. What was producing those notifications? Finally, I realized that they were coming from Edge! Getting into the Settings under Cookies and site permissions, I saw two new sites where several settings (including Notifications) were set to Allow either by default or explicitly. Blocking everything stopped the notifications and peace has been restored.
What did I learn?
0: Be careful which option you choose on webpage popups, especially when you don't know the site.
1: How to turn off those stupid toast notifications for insignificant or old resources.
2: It's amazing how many options are enabled by default! (at least in Edge...Chrome had less defaulted to allow)
3: I got a look at a pretty good scam. I spotted it as a fake right away, but can certainly understand how a layperson might panic and get taken advantage of.
"Go forth into the source" - Neal Morse
"Hope is contagious"
Navigate to edge://settings/content/notifications, and turn off the "ask before sending". Clear out any sites in the "allow" list. Now no site should be able to send toast notifications, or ask for permission to send them.
(The setting name could be better; as it stands, it sounds like turning the setting off would allow notifications without asking, whereas it actually blocks notifications without asking.)
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
I play a lot of Fifa (offline). I like to do a full season as a manager and play every single game. I also like story based games like Last Of Us, Plague Tale and to an extent God of war. I am not sure what's next. I was thrilled about Unknown9 but do not know what's going on with it.
If I am not doing this, I am watching true crime documentaries or crime thrillers. And some stand up comedy to regain sanity.
My current favorite is Skyrim -- I prefer games with a large fan-created mod base, as there are new things to try.
zDoom is an open source version of Doom that runs on current platforms, and will run the WADs from Doom, Doom II, Heretic, Hexen, and a few more. The graphics are certainly 90's, but still fun. And more than Skyrim, there are a huge number of replacement WADs.
If anyone is into old arcade games, try MAME. It will execute the ROMs from old games -- if you can get the ROMS.
It's amazing how many veterans play that game. Combat engineer (sapper) friend of mine was injured many years ago and was disabled. He sits at home all day now playing World of Tanks. He still uses his old call sign, like he's frozen in time.
How old is that game? I think he was playing it 6-7 years ago. I recently checked up on him and he's still playing it.
I've been playing computer games since the seventies (Colossal Cave started it), but Doom (and then Doom II) became an addiction. It's GTA V at the moment - the new (and free) Contracts DLC is pretty good, and great for grinding. Especially this week when Payphone Hits (Assassination missions with an optional-but-lucrative bonus for taking them out in a specific way such as driving them into the sea in a taxi) are paying double. And the Dr Dre contact missions introduced me to the Combat MG which is now my weapon of choice.
When I grow bored of that, I'll probably move to The Witcher III.
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
"Common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a super power" - Random T-shirt
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