What Do I Do If I've Been Hacked?

Episode 1739 (1:29:50)

Don from Southern California

Don's friend has a PC that got infected and scammed by someone who took control of her PC by remote access. What can she do? Leo says that all hacking attempts are designed to scare her and get her to act without thinking and call a number. Once they have her on the phone, they can use a series of tricks to get her to think she'ss infected. Then, they charge her to "fix it." Leo says that odds are, the computer wasn't infected, but certainly is now thanks to the remote access hack. He advises backing up the data and then reformatting the hard drive, installing Windows from a known, good source. Then restore the data.