Threat Database Browser Hijackers '866-808-0989' Pop-Ups

'866-808-0989' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

The 866-808-0989 phone number is reported by users as been related to a suspicious technical support service. Security researchers investigated the reports and found out that the 866-808-0989 phone number is listed on pop-up windows that are displayed on the screen of users that are infected with a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers serve various purposes like directing Web traffic to less-reputable sites and scaring users with fake security warnings to subscribe to a premium technical support plan from uncertified companies. Browser hijacking applications may appear as add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins to execute their designed functionality. The pop-up windows that feature the 866-808-0989 phone number may be titled 'Error Code: 80FX954-O3' and 'Error code 0x00080k35' and similar tags. The browser hijacker at play may use JavaScrypt, which would prevent the user from opening new tabs and bookmarks and simulate a virus infection that rendered the computer inoperable.

Computer users that called 866-808-0989 report being harassed with offers to install rogue security tools like System Care Antivirus and VirusCleaner that do not provide efficient protection and may demand up to $300 for activation. Moreover, the fake computer support agents on the 866-808-0989 phone line may direct users to install a remote desktop application like Ammyy Admin to provide assistance in removing adware. You should not install programs that may harm your PC and allow third parties to make modifications to your system with the pretext of helping you clean your PC. The browser hijacker in question may be compatible with all modern browsers and users may be led to think that a threatening program on their computers is blocking their access to the Internet. It is understandable why users may be inclined to call 866-808-0989 for help, but you should not be fooled by fake BSOD messages and 'error code' information. Consider installing a reputable anti-malware utility to do a complete scan of your hard drives and delete found cyber threats.


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