Threat Database Adware '' Pop-Ups

'' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Adware

Many computer users have reported problems associated with the '' pop-ups. Apart from the typical PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) symptoms, the '' pop-ups may be troublesome in other ways. This is because PC security researchers have observed that the '' pop-ups may interact poorly with various popular anti-virus programs on the market. Because of this, some anti-virus programs may display an error message associated with the '' pop-ups repeatedly. This error message will constantly alert the affected computer users that there is a threatening component on their machines, and urge computer users to run a threat scan. Surprisingly, the '' pop-ups may continue to appear even while an anti-virus program's scan is in the process of running, making this particularly irritating and difficult to get rid of. This additional problem, coupled with common PUP symptoms such as decreased system performance and an increase in irritating pop-up messages makes content associated with the '' pop-ups particularly irritating. A fully updated security application can deal with any PUPs and other unwanted components associated with the '' pop-ups.

How the '' Pop-Ups may Affect Your Work

The '' Pop-Ups may come in two flavors: PC security researchers have received reports of '' pop-ups that advertise a fake security program and technical support service, indicating a problem with the computer. They have also received reports of anti-virus pop-up messages claiming that has been blocked and that is associated with a threat issue. The first kind of the '' pop-ups are caused by this PUP, an unwanted Web browser extension installed on the computer automatically and designed to promote this low-quality, fake security service. The second kind of the '' pop-up is caused by the security program, which interacts poorly with the PUP responsible for the '' pop-ups.

Why Security Software may Cause the '' Pop-Ups?

Most of the most popular security programs on the market are designed to deal with viruses, Trojans, rootkits and other threats. Essentially, these are designed to deal with high-level threats. In most cases, they may not detect the presence of low-level threats like adware, PUPs, spyware, tracking cookies and similar problematic components. In this case, it would be like expecting a tank to deal with a troublesome fly; these types of programs are simply not designed to deal with these types of problems. However, in some cases, the anti-virus program will detect that something is wrong, but may not have the tools to deal with it, causing it to crash or display repeated pop-up windows and error messages. To deal with the '' pop-ups displayed by your anti-virus program, PC security researchers recommend the use of a reliable security application that is fully up-to-date and also capable of detecting and removing low-level threats.

The '' Pop-Ups may be Associated with PUPs

PUPs associated with the '' pop-ups are designed to take over a Web browser in order to promote a set of products and websites associated with these irritating pop-up messages. They do this in several ways, including changing the affected Web browser's homepage and default websites. They also may cause the affected Web browser to visit certain websites '' pop-ups. Malware analysts have been able to observe that these kinds of pop-ups are designed to advertise a low-quality security service that does not provide any real service. These kinds of fake security programs are a common online tactic. Basically, they will indicate the presence of numerous problems on a computer in order to convince computer users to pay for an 'activation' or 'licensing' fee in order to upgrade to a nonexistent 'full version' of the fake security program. Malware researchers recommend that computer users avoid interacting in any way with the '' pop-ups and instead use a reliable security application to remove the PUP causing them from the affected computer for good.


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