Threat Database Browser Hijackers '855-666-8851' Pop-Ups

'855-666-8851' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: December 14, 2015
Last Seen: December 26, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

If your Web browser is displaying the 855-666-8851 irritating pop-up windows urging you to call this phone number for 'technical support,' this may mean that your Web browser has become infected with a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). The '855-666-8851' pop-ups are linked to a known tactic that involves a fake technical support service that tries, insistently, trick inexperienced computer users into giving up their money. When computer users call the phone number advertised in the '855-666-8851' pop-ups, the person that answers may try to obtain their data, credit card information, and access to their computers through the use of a RAT (Remote Access Tool). These kinds of tactics may involve the sale of fake anti-virus programs or threat monitoring services. The '855-666-8851' pop-ups and their associated tactic are designed to prey on inexperienced computer users, taking advantage of their inexperience with threats and computers. PC security analysts strongly advise computer users to disregard the '855-666-8851' pop-ups, to avoid interacting with the messages themselves in any way, and never to call the phone number linked to the '855-666-8851' pop-ups.

Why the '855-666-885' Pop-Ups and Similar Online Tactics May Cause Problems

Although the '855-666-8851' pop-ups tend to sound quite official, don't forget that there is no truth into these messages. The sole purpose of the '855-666-8851' pop-ups is to make money at the expense of inexperienced computer users. There are several reasons why the '855-666-8851' pop-ups may be effective at tricking inexperienced computer users and increasing the likelihood that they may interact with these messages or call the included phone number. Many computer users may be lured by the '855-666-8851' pop-ups' claim that they are associated with Microsoft or another trusted source. Legitimate software companies such as Microsoft will never advertise these kinds of services by displaying Web browser pop-ups. The '855-666-8851' pop-ups also may rely on sheer irritation, not allowing computer users to close them and appearing again repeatedly. Many computer users will call that included phone number to stop the '855-666-8851' pop-ups from reappearing. The '855-666-8851' pop-ups may use a cryptic technical jargon and bits of code or another legitimate sounding-language to increase the chance that they will be perceived as genuine. Don't be confused: there is no truth whatsoever to the '855-666-8851' pop-ups.

What may Causes the '855-666-8851' Pop-Ups

If your Web browser is displaying the '855-666-8851' pop-ups, there may be two possible reasons: either you are visiting Web pages that have poorly regulated advertisements, or a PUP has been installed on your computer. If the '855-666-8851' pop-ups appear repeatedly regardless of the websites you visit, then the problem is almost certainly on your end. If the '855-666-8851' pop-ups appear only when you visit a particular domain, then it is likely that the problem is with that website's advertisements (in which case we would recommend that you refrain from visiting the Web page until the '855-666-8851' pop-ups stop appearing). In either case, computer users should refrain from interacting with the '855-666-8851' pop-ups or following any of their instructions.

The '855-666-8851' Pop-Ups are not threatening, but may Present a Problem

Although some sources may claim that the '855-666-8851' pop-ups are associated with viruses or threats, PUPs linked to the '855-666-8851' pop-ups are not threatening or destructive. However, even though they do not present a direct risk, the '855-666-8851' pop-ups are linked to a known tactic that may try to compromise your credit card information and install a Remote Access Tool on your computer. The '855-666-8851' pop-ups' tactic may use social engineering to prey on inexperienced computer users, even if the PUP itself does not destroy or compromise data directly. PUPs linked to the '855-666-8851' pop-ups may be associated with other symptoms as well, including poor PC performance and problems with the Internet connectivity and Web browser function.


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