Windows 10 has begun 2019 as the most popular operating system in the world, according to latest figures.
At the start of last year Windows 10 was lagging behind the older – and then more popular – Windows 7 software.
In January 2018 Microsoft’s Windows 7 had a 42.39 per cent chunk of the operating system market, according to NetMarketShare.
This was in comparison to Windows 10 having a 34.29 per cent slice of the OS market.
But the stats for January 2019 tell a different story, with Windows 10 having a 40.90 per cent chunk of the OS market compared to Windows 7’s 37.19 per cent.
And the huge Windows 10 install base has now been put on alert about a scam that tries to get Microsoft users to download a fake update.
As reported in a post by Bleeping Computer, a scam has emerged which pretends there is an issue with Windows 10.
The scam shows an error message warning that ‘your Windows system is damaged’ and prompts users to click on an ‘update’ button.
Windows 10 warning – Users put on alert about FAKE error saying Microsoft OS is ‘damaged’
However, eagle eyed Windows 10 users will spot that this message appears in an internet browser window.
And as users will know, this is not how the Microsoft OS sends official messages or prompts.
Windows 10 users that are tricked into clicking the ‘update’ button will just be prompted to download malicious software.
The fake warning has text similar to the following: “System Warning! Your Windows system is damaged.
Windows 10 fans are being put on alert about a scam
“Windows Version: Windows 7 Please note: Windows security has detected that the system is corrupted and outdated.
“All system files will be deleted after: 0 seconds.
“Important: Click on the “Update” button to install the latest software to scan and prevent your files from being deleted.”
Browser based scams often make it difficult to close down the offending screen or even the browser itself.
But you can thankfully exit it by opening Windows Task Manager and then ending the browser process.
If you do close the browser via this method, make sure you don’t choose to open previously closed tabs when you restart it.
If you are regularly seeing browser-based scams on Windows 10, then you should perform a scan of your PC for any adware that’s been installed.
The news comes after Windows 10 users reported a major problem with the OS which stopped them from accessing the Microsoft Store or using Windows Update.
A number of reports for these issues emerged on both Reddit and Twitter with many insisting Comcast’s Domain Name System (DNS) was responsible.
Comcast is an American internet provider.
However, other Windows 10 users not using Comcast have taken to Microsoft’s Answers forum to declare they are experiencing similar issues.
In particular, it was noted some BT internet customers in the UK were affected.
The Windows 10 scam claims the OS is ‘damaged’ on a user’s computer
It appears the Windows 10 problem has stemmed from DNS issues.
In a Reddit thread discussing the issues with the Microsoft Store and Windows Update, a support engineer for the firm commented and said it was “aware” of the issue.
They said: “Microsoft is aware of this issue and is investigating.
“We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.”