Threat Database Browser Hijackers '855-790-1710' Pop-Ups

'855-790-1710' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

The '855-790-1710' pop-ups are irritating pop-up messages that are associated with a tactic used to take money from computer users. The '855-790-1710' pop-ups may claim that the user's computer is in trouble, often claiming to have found some threats or implying that there is a breach in security. The '855-790-1710' pop-ups contain a message claiming that it is necessary to call Microsoft or a licensed technical support service, and urge computer users to call the included phone number. There is absolutely no real connection between the '855-790-1710' pop-ups and Microsoft or any legitimate computer security service. Computer users should avoid interacting with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups and never call their associated phone number. The '855-790-1710' pop-ups may be caused by an unwanted component installed on the affected computer. PC security researchers advise removing any PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) associated with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups to stop these irritating pop-up messages from appearing.

What may Cause the '855-790-1710' Pop-Ups to Appear on Your Web Browser

The '855-790-1710' pop-ups may be caused by the presence of a PUP on your Web browser. However, the '855-790-1710' pop-ups also may appear on websites where the advertising content is not well regulated. If the '855-790-1710' pop-ups are appearing on all websites you visit on your Web browser, this may indicate the presence of a PUP on your Web browser. If the '855-790-1710' pop-ups appear only when visiting a particular website, then this may mean that this particular website is compromised. In either case, computer users should scan their computers with a reliable security application just to make sure that no unwanted components are present and avoid interacting with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups or calling the phone number included in the messages.

How the '855-790-1710' Pop-Ups Tactic Works

Bogus technical support tactics are becoming ever more common. This is in part due to the fact that more inexperienced computer users and a larger part of the population are going online every day, increasing the potential number of targets for this tactic. When computer users call the phone number included in the '855-790-1710' pop-ups, they may be asked to allow a technician to gain access to their computers, through a Remote Desktop application or a Remote Access Tool (or Trojan). Computer users should not allow this remote access. When the fraudsters associated with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups gain access to your computer, they may carry out several operations that are not in your best interest, such as the following:

  • Con artists associated with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups may disable legitimate security programs and features on the affected computer. They may do this under the pretense of installing new security software. However, the software installed by them may be fake or completely useless.
  • Apart from installing their bogus security software, hackers linked to the '855-790-1710' pop-ups may install other PUPs on the user's computer. In most cases, these unwanted programs may cause pop-up messages, advertisements and additional problems.
  • Computer users may be convinced that their computers are under attack due to the symptoms linked to the PUP associated with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups, and any unwanted component installed by third parties as well, increasing the likelihood that they may pay hundreds of dollars for this fake technical support service.
  • Con artists associated with the '855-790-1710' pop-ups also may do some snooping around on the user's computer. It is not atypical for these con artists to try to obtain credit card information, contact lists, and other information that would allow them to profit illegitimately and continue spreading the '855-790-1710' pop-ups tactic to other computers.

To protect yourself from the '855-790-1710' pop-ups you should avoid calling this phone number. If you have already allowed con artists access to your PC, take steps to safeguard your data and use a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date to perform an in-depth scan of your drives.


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