Suppose you get an error on your PC that shows up randomly, then you do a search on the internet for the error to find out how to fix it. Typically, you will get some sites that offer a solution, but some of those sites seem a bit sketchy, especially when they say to download this registry script or an executable tool to fix the problem. My question is: do these "fix-it" sites sometimes include malware with their supposed fix? If so, how should we properly resolve errors on our computers without exposing ourselves to such malware?
Here is an example added for clarity... Let's say I keep getting a blue screen of death in Windows 10. I search on the internet for "blue screen of death Windows 10". The first site I come across is:
Note: I truncated to prevent people from clicking the link just in case it is malicious, and so I am not blasting a particular site.
Is it safe to "Click here to fix Windows errors..." in the website? I do not believe it is a Microsoft website.
Note: As a security professional, common security sense tells me something could be up here, and don't "click here". This may not be apparent to most users, or even some computer repair technicians though, and may or may not be a real threat.
Instead of "clicking here" what should I do so I don't expose myself to this possible threat, while still fixing the error?