Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By Domesticus in Browser Hijackers

The fake alert may appear when a PC has a Potentially Unwanted Program installed on it. However, the fake alert appears on websites with poorly regulated advertising content or used to promote dishonest schemes. Fake messages like the fake alert are used to convince novice PC users into downloading harmful content onto their computer. The fake alert will try to trick computer users into believing that their Adobe Flash Player is outdated and requires a 2014 update. In fact, this supposed update actually installs a large number of Potentially Unwanted Programs on the affected Web browser that may be composed of multiple adware infections, spyware or browser hijackers.

The Results of an Infection

Fake updates for Flash Player distributed using pop-ups like the fake alert have historically been among the most common ways of distributing threats and other unwanted components. Bogus Flash Player updates may also be used to distribute Trojans and, in the case of the fake alert, less unsafe components typically known as PUPs. To prevent criminals and shady marketers from installing unwanted content on your computer, security researchers strongly advise ignoring the fake alert and closing the affected Web browser immediately.

How to Respond to the Fake Alert

If your Web browser is displaying the fake alert, this may indicate the presence of a PUP on your computer. It is not difficult to tell whether this is the case. If the fake alert only appears when you visit one specific website or group of websites, then this usually indicates that it is that particular website that is designed to display the fake alert on your Web browser. However, if the fake alert appears whenever you visit any websites, including legitimate websites that would not contain the fake alert such as Google or Bing, then this indicates that a PUP is already installed on your Web browser.


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