TDS warns customers of malware in free movies

A free movie isn’t worth malware.

The temptation of free movies can be hard to resist, but several websites use them to lure people into downloading malware. TDS Telecom (TDS®) is warning customers to avoid sites that offer free movies in order to protect their computers from malware that might infect their devices, causing major harm to their computer and files.

The Federal Trade Commission recently tested five free movie sites. Each time, malware ended up on the computer.
“Many people believe their computer will never be affected by malware, but it is much more common than people think,” said Jim Valk, manager of Governance, Risk & Compliance at TDS. “Taking precautions can make a world of difference.” 

The Federal Trade Commission also describes what you can do to avoid it and what to do if you believe your computer has been infected after you’ve downloaded a free movie:

  • Stop shopping, banking, and performing other online activities. Be especially careful when entering user names, passwords, or other private information.
  • Update your security software, including your anti-virus software. Then scan your computer for viruses and spyware.  Delete anything identified as a problem and follow the directions, including restarting your computer for the changes to take effect.
  • Check your browser’s settings. Look to see if your browser has tools to delete malware; if not, consider resetting your browser to its original settings.
  • Check your computer’s warranty. While under warranty, many computers include free technical support. Before you call the manufacturer, write down the model and serial number of your computer, the name of any software you’ve installed, and a short description of the problem.

“The best way to avoid malware,” Valk says, “Is to be very careful of what you are clicking or downloading on the Internet.  Malware can be downloaded without you knowing, and then flood your computer with advertisements. It can also take control of your device, track keystrokes, or, worse yet, lock your device and charge you a ransom before you’re able to regain control.”

For help more information on how to protect your devices, contact TDS at 888-225-5837 or visit tdstelecom.com.


Media Contact: Ann McGrail, PR Intern | TDS Telecom | (608) 664-5419 | Ann.Mcgrail@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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