Microsoft Windows 10 Scam Alert

Unfortunately, as our providers of tech seek to keep us safe sometimes bugs exist in their new fixes which leave us vulnerable. The latest Windows 10 updates has done just that. In Microsoft’s words “An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Windows 10 Update Assistant in the way it handles permissions. A locally authenticated attacker could run arbitrary code with elevated system privileges”. Microsoft has prepared a solution, but in some cases,  it must be done manually and so users of Windows 10 should follow the instructions below.


Tips and Advice

  • Update – to the latest version of Windows 10 Update Assistant, (this is the fixed version), click here
  • Problem installing? – This may be because the old update needs removing, type “uninstall” in the grey box in the bottom left of your screen, then in Settings search for “Windows 10 Update Assistant”, right click and then click on “Uninstall” and then click on the link above
  • Update, update update! – As it says above, it is essential that you have the latest Microsoft Windows updates. To find out if you are up to date, press the Windows logo key or click on the logo on screen, then click on “Control Panel”, then “System and Security”, then “Windows Update”, then “Check for Updates”
  • Read more – Bleeping Computer have an excellent technical article on this here and the Microsoft help page is here
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe


To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

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