Malware researchers have noted that many computer users have been affected by the '844-618-670' pop-ups. As claimed by affected computer users, the '844-618-670' pop-ups are designed to trick inexperienced computer users into calling this phone number. Targeted computer users may believe that calling this number will provide them with technical support to fix supposed problems on their computers. However, the '844-618-670' pop-ups are not connected to any kind of real technical support service. Rather, the '844-618-670' pop-ups will claim that the user's computer is infected with threats and then offer bogus anti-virus solutions, in exchange for hefty payments of hundreds of US dollars. The '844-618-670' pop-ups are part of a known tactic, and computer users should avoid calling this phone number or interacting with the '844-618-670' pop-ups in any way.
The '844-618-670' pop-ups and Common Fake Technical Support Tactics
The main purpose of the '844-618-670' pop-ups is to convince computer users that their computers are infected with threats. The '844-618-670' pop-ups themselves may claim the presence of a 'stealth Trojan' or other threat. The '844-618-670' pop-ups are simply not true. They may indicate the presence of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) causing the '844-618-670' pop-ups themselves, but are not related to any kind of severe infection. There may be two possible causes for the '844-618-670' pop-ups:
- The '844-618-670' pop-ups may be related to unregulated advertising content on a specific website.
- The '844-618-670' pop-ups may indicate the presence of a PUP on the affected computer.
If the '844-618-670' pop-ups appear regardless of the website being visited, then it is likely that the problem is present on the affected computer. When the '844-618-670' pop-ups are limited to one particular domain, then this may indicate that the problem is on the website's end. In either case, PC security researchers recommend the use of a reliable, fully updated security product to conduct a full scan of the affected computer. Computer users should never interact with messages like the '844-618-670' pop-ups.
Common Problems that may be Associated with the '844-618-670' Pop-Ups
The PUPs that cause the '844-618-670' pop-ups are not considered threatening. Although problematic, they may not be destructive or as difficult to remove as viruses, Trojans, and similar infections. The real hoax connected to the '844-618-670' pop-ups does not happen on the user's computer, but in the physical world. Hoaxes like those that involve the '844-618-670' pop-ups are examples of social engineering tactics. Rather than relying on threats designed to take money from the computer user's bank account or data from their computers,the people behind the '844-618-670' Pop-Ups use an old- fashioned approach, where they will talk with the computer users over the phone and convince them to give up their money directly, by offering to sell them fake anti-virus software under false pretenses (stating that their machines are dangerously affected by threats). This tactic may be connected to identity theft since computer users may disclose information as well as credit card data.
When the '844-618-670' pop-ups are caused by a PUP on the user’s computer, there may be symptoms that may be associated with these kinds of components. The following symptoms may appear on a computer in connection with the '844-618-670' pop-ups:
- The '844-618-670' pop-ups may be linked to lowered performance on an affected computer that may slow down or become prone to crashing or freezing.
- The '844-618-670' pop-ups may be associated with other pop-ups and messages, especially advertisements and other unwanted content.
- PUPs associated with the '844-618-670' pop-ups may make unwanted changes to the affected Web browser's settings. The affected Web browser's homepage and default search engine may be changed automatically.
- The '844-618-670' pop-ups may be linked to Web browser redirects and other unwanted browser behaviors.