Threat Database Browser Hijackers '877-550-1811' Pop-Ups

'877-550-1811' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

The '877-550-1811' pop-ups are closely related to a known technical support hoax. The '877-550-1811' pop-ups are used to trick inexperienced computer users into believing that their machines are infected with threats severely. The '877-550-1811' pop-ups claim that it is necessary to call this phone number to receive assistance with a supposed security breach or threat infection. Despite the claims of the '877-550-1811' pop-ups, the advertised technical support service is fake and has no relationship to Microsoft, Windows or any reputable security firm. The '877-550-1811' pop-ups are part of a very well known tactic that preys on inexperienced computer users by tricking them into paying large amounts of money for fake technical support services. The people responsible for the '877-550-1811' pop-ups also may convince computer users to install a RAT or Remote Access Trojan in their computers, allowing them to collect information and install threats on the user's computer.

How the Tactic Used by the '877-550-1811' Pop-Ups Works

The '877-550-1811' pop-ups may use social engineering to trick inexperienced computer users into taking actions that are not in their best interest. Con artists will try to take money from computer users that believe the '877-550-1811' pop-ups by tricking them into disclosing their credit card data o make a payment of several hundred dollars for this bogus technical support service. To be more effective, the '877-550-1811' pop-ups may use scary and authentic sound language and claim to be associated with Microsoft or some other official source. The '877-550-1811' pop-ups are the first part of the tactic. When computer users call the '877-550-1811' pop-ups phone number, the person that answers may try to convince them to pay large amounts of money and install a Remote Desktop application or a RAT (Remote Access Trojan or Tool) supposedly to provide technical support. In fact, this provides third parties with access the affected computer from a remote location, allowing them to access the computer user's data, applications, and contact lists (which may then be used to spread the components associated with the '877-550-1811' pop-ups to the computer user's social media and email contacts).

The '877-550-1811' Pop-Ups may be Caused by PUPs

PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), may take the form of Web browser extensions or add-ons. These components may be closely related to the '877-550-1811' pop-ups. PUPs are not considered destructive or as difficult to remove as a threat. In most cases, computer users can uninstall PUPs using the Windows Control Panel, with the help of a reliable anti-malware program to ensure that the PUP has not exposed the affected computer to potentially harmful content. PUPs associated with the '877-550-1811' pop-ups may cause a wide variety of other symptoms apart from the irritating pop-up messages. The affected Web browser may display numerous pop-up messages and unwanted content. The '877-550-1811' pop-ups also may appear on websites that have poorly regulated pop-up advertisements and other advertising content. It is easy to see the difference: if the '877-550-1811' pop-ups appear only with one specific website, then the problem is in that website's advertising. PUPs associated with the '877-550-1811' pop-ups may cause the '877-550-1811' pop-ups to appear on numerous websites, interrupting the computer user's work frequently. The following are other symptoms that may be associated with these PUPs:

  • PUPs linked to the '877-550-1811' pop-ups may cause significant performance issues on the user's computer. These PUPs may cause the machine to slow down, freeze, and present other undesirable performance.
  • The '877-550-1811' pop-ups may be accompanied by changes to the computer user's Web browser settings. Computer users have reported that their Web browser's homepage and search engine may be changed automatically, and the affected Web browser's security settings also may be affected.
  • The '877-550-1811' pop-ups may not be the only pop-ups that appear on the affected Web browser. Other unwanted pop-up advertisements also may appear.


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