Phishing attempt detected, how serious is it?

I visited a webpage which led to a pop-up page appearing. Soon afterwards, I received a Bitdefender notification for a "Phishing attempt detected" and which stated "We blocked this phishing page for your protection". Could this mean that my computer or system might have been infected? Can my computer get infected from a pop-up webpage?

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  • garioch7
    garioch7 Defender of the month ✭✭✭✭✭
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    @clzw ,

    Welcome to the Bitdefender Forums. It is unlikely that your computer was infected. For peace of mind, you could run a Full System scan if you wish.

    Phishing webpages are bogus pages, usually impersonating a company, but which originate from cybercriminals. They seek to fool people into providing personal information or downloading an infected file so that they can defraud those people.

    You probably didn't even see the page Bitdefender blocked. That is the proactive nature of the Bitdefender security components: preventing infections in the first place.

    Have a great day.

    Regards,

    Phil

    Former Bleeping Computer Malware Response Instructor

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  • Flexx
    Flexx DEFENDER OF THE YEAR 2023 / DEFENDER OF THE MONTH ✭✭✭✭✭ mod
    edited March 31

    After running the full system scan with Bitdefender as @garioch7 suggested, kindly follow the steps below:

    1) Restart your PC in safe mode. You can follow this guide: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/start-your-pc-in-safe-mode-in-windows-92c27cff-db89-8644-1ce4-b3e5e56fe234

    2) Open the Run command and execute the following commands one by one:

    temp – delete all the files in the folder.

    %temp% – delete all the files in the folder.

    prefetch – delete all the files in the folder.

    3) Restart your PC in normal mode by unselecting the option to run the system in Safe Mode, then click 'Apply.'

    4) Reset your web browsers:

    Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/3296214?hl=en

    Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings

    Microsoft Edge: https://malwaretips.com/blogs/reset-microsoft-edge/

    Opera: https://browsersolution.com/reset-opera-browser

    Vivaldi: https://help.vivaldi.com/desktop/install-update/full-reset-of-vivaldi/

    Brave: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-reset-the-hosts-file-back-to-the-default-c2a43f9d-e176-c6f3-e4ef-3500277a6dae

    5) Reset the Windows host file to default. You can find instructions here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-reset-the-hosts-file-back-to-the-default-c2a43f9d-e176-c6f3-e4ef-3500277a6dae

    6) Run Disk Cleanup using this guide: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/disk-cleanup-in-windows-8a96ff42-5751-39ad-23d6-434b4d5b9a68

    Regards

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